Ford Invests in Solid-State Li-Ion Battery Startup
Increasingly, the world relies on lithium-ion batteries. However, the battery’s underlying tech has room for improvement. Evidently, major automakers know where that improvement will come from. As a result, Ford has invested in a solid-state Li-Ion battery startup.
Solid-State Li-Ion batteries aren’t expected for a decade. Nevertheless, some aren’t willing to wait.
Currently, electric vehicles and most consumer electronics are powered by liquid-state batteries. These batteries power increasingly sophisticated Smartphones. However, solid-state models will more than double battery life and performance.
Solid-State on the Horizon
Colorado-based startup “Solid Power” thinks it can develop the technology. Moreover, it thinks it can make a cost-effective model for EV producers quicker than the competition.
As a result, big-name investors have come forward. Ford, Hyundai, and BMW all have a stake.
The company incorporates a high-capacity lithium metal anode. Ultimately, the solid-state cell has 2-3 times more energy capacity than liquid-state batteries.
Global Attention Paid to Li-Ion Tech
Additionally, solid-state Li-Ion batteries offer several other benefits. Firstly, they’re much safer. Solid-state batteries don’t include flammable liquid electrolytes. The lack of safety features allows for greater storage capacity.
Perhaps “Solid Power” will accelerate global EV adoption rates.
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