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April 11, 2022

Nissan Starts Prototype Production Of Game-Changing EV Batteries

Nissan is moving to the next phase of its plan to bring solid state batteries to production. Considered as a game-changer in the field of electric vehicles, the Japanese carmaker has unveiled its prototype production facility in Kanagawa Prefecture.

All-solid-state batteries (ASSB) are expected to accelerate the popularity of electric vehicles. They have an energy density approximately twice that of conventional lithium-ion batteries, significantly shorter charging time due to superior charge/discharge performance, and lower cost thanks to the opportunity of using less expensive materials. With these benefits, Nissan expects to use all-solid-state batteries in a wide range of vehicle segments, including pickup trucks, making its EVs more competitive.

Under its long-term vision, Nissan Ambition 2030, Nissan aims to launch an EV with all-solid-state batteries developed in-house by fiscal 2028. It plans to establish a pilot production line at its Yokohama Plant in fiscal 2024, with materials, design, and manufacturing processes for prototype production on the line to be studied at the prototype production facility. Nissan believes all-solid-state batteries can be reduced to USD 75 per kWh (P 3,884.25) in fiscal 2028 and to USD 65 (P 3,366.35) per kWh thereafter, placing EVs at the same cost level as gasoline-powered vehicles.

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