Japan kicks off program to develop solid-state batteries for future EVs

Japan kicks off program to develop solid-state batteries for future EVs

In a program which took off in May, renowned Japanese manufacturers have partnered with the government, with the objective of developing solid-state batteries which will likely be used for powering the electric vehicles (EVs) of the future.

The program for the development of highly efficient batteries marks a team-up between big manufacturers -- like Toyota Motor, Honda Motor, Nissan Motor, Panasonic, and battery manufacturer GS Yuasa -- and the Consortium for Lithium Ion Battery Technology and Evaluation Center (LIBTEC).

The key aim of the program is to enable Japanese manufacturers to regain their erstwhile dominance in the automotive battery technology arena which they have lost to overseas rivals from China and South Korea in the past few years.

The program will be backed by the Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, which will provide funds to the tune of approximately 1.6 billion yen ($14 million) to LIBTEC.

The main goals of the program include the use of solid electrolytes to improve battery performance, and to lay down safety criteria for the new batteries. In addition, LIBTEC is also hopeful of developing a solid-state battery which can bring about a two-fold increase in the range of electric vehicles --- from the current range of 400km to a range of 800km by the year 2030.