Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Image credit: Solid Power (Battery and company not related to story.)


Solid Power Begins Manufacturing Prototype Solid-State Batteries

Solid Power expects to begin supply solid-state battery cells to BMW and Ford later this year for testing and validation purposes.

The first mention of Solid Power and its plan to produce solid-state lithium-ion batteries in the CleanTechnica archives happened in 2017, when we reported it had formed a partnership with BMW to develop batteries with no semi-liquid electrolyte. Since then, Ford has also signed on as a major investor in the Colorado-based company.

Five years later comes news that the company has completed a manufacturing line for its batteries that will be able to produce 15,000 battery cells a year. That may not seem like a lot, but those cells will be delivered to BMW and Ford for them to test in real world battery-electric vehicles. Once those validation tests are compete, it will be time to move on to volume production, which will be done by an existing battery manufacturer.

That’s the beauty of the Solid Power batteries that have been under development all these years. Not only do they have higher energy density for more range, are able to charge more quickly that conventional batteries, and have a much lower risk of catching fire, they also have one significant advantage over other solid-state batteries — they can be manufactured in a traditional battery factory without expensive upgrades for new production machinery.

“The installation of this EV cell pilot line will allow us to produce EV-scale cells suitable for initiating the formal automotive qualification process. Over the coming quarters, we will work to bring the EV cell pilot line up to its full operational capability and look forward to delivering EV-scale all-solid-state cells to our partners later this year,” Solid Power CEO Doug Campbell tells Ars Technica.

The company expects to begin shipping batteries to its automotive partners, BMW and Ford, for testing in prototype vehicles by the end of this year — a key step in the “validation” process needed to supply batteries to automakers at scale, according to Campbell. He tells CNBC that if everything goes well, he expects the automakers to sign off on Solid Power’s battery design sometime in the first half of 2024, which means the first production cars with the solid-state batteries could be in showrooms in a little over 2 years.

Solid Power was founded in 2012. Its approach is to use a sulfur-based solid electrolyte and an anode that’s very high in silicon — more than 50%, according to the company. The journey from concept to prototype to volume production will be nearly 15 years long by the time it is completed a few years from now. For the sake of the EV revolution, it can’t happen soon enough.

Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Former Tesla Battery Expert Leading Lyten Into New Lithium-Sulfur Battery Era — Podcast:

I don't like paywalls. You don't like paywalls. Who likes paywalls? Here at CleanTechnica, we implemented a limited paywall for a while, but it always felt wrong — and it was always tough to decide what we should put behind there. In theory, your most exclusive and best content goes behind a paywall. But then fewer people read it! We just don't like paywalls, and so we've decided to ditch ours. Unfortunately, the media business is still a tough, cut-throat business with tiny margins. It's a never-ending Olympic challenge to stay above water or even perhaps — gasp — grow. So ...
If you like what we do and want to support us, please chip in a bit monthly via PayPal or Patreon to help our team do what we do! Thank you!
Written By

Steve writes about the interface between technology and sustainability from his home in Florida or anywhere else The Force may lead him. He is proud to be "woke" and doesn't really give a damn why the glass broke. He believes passionately in what Socrates said 3000 years ago: "The secret to change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new."


You May Also Like


Tesla continues to be the best selling brand in Europe, but Volkswagen is recovering Some 197,000 plugin vehicles were registered in April in Europe...

Clean Transport

A few days before Ford announced it was going to use Tesla’s plug for future vehicles, the company had a range of other announcements....

Clean Transport

Yesterday’s announcement that Ford’s future vehicles would be equipped with Tesla’s NACS charging connector (Supercharging port) signaled a big shift in the industry. Before...


The overall German auto market had a positive month in April (+13% year over year), with BEVs being the highlight (+34% YoY). There were...

Copyright © 2023 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.