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BMW aims to make solid-state EV batteries under license

BMW has licensed solid-state battery designs and manufacturing processes from Colorado-based Solid Power, taking the partnership between the two companies to the next level.

The automaker, which started working with Solid Power in 2017, will install replicas of the company’s solid-state cell pilot production line at its facilities in Germany, and Solid Power will supply supplies sulfide-based solid electrolytes to those pilot lines, the battery maker announced last week in a press release. Solid Power says these agreements will “enable parallel research and development activities”.

Solid battery cell

Solid battery cell

BMW has agreed to pay Solid Power, which also consider Ford an investor, $20 million by June 2024, subject to certain milestones being met. That’s a small amount compared to what automakers are investing in new battery ventures.

“BMW remains committed to solid-state batteries, a technology that we believe has significant potential for the future,” said BMW board member Frank Weber in a statement.

Solid Power said in June that it would supply test cells to both automakers before the end of 2022. BMW said it plans to make solid-state batteries prototype in 2025with a production model in 2030.

Solid Power Battery

Solid Power Battery

BMW has quite ambitious goals for battery technology, in addition to plans to launch a series of electric vehicles based on dedicated platforms by the middle of the decade. With a widespread shift to cylindrical cells and cell-to-pack technology, it targets a 30% increase in coverage plus faster charging.

BMW has hinted that it could hit half of global sales like electric cars by 2030but it doesn’t want to set an expiration date for the internal combustion engine.

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