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BMW, Solid Power partner to develop EV batteries

Published 19 December 2017

German automaker BMW is partnering with Solid Power to develop solid-state batteries for electric vehicle (EV) applications.

Solid Power claims that its solid-state batteries have the potential to offer a battery system that can provide long electrical range with enhanced safety and performance compared to the conventional lithium-ion battery cells.

BMW will assist Solid Power in advancing its technology to achieve higher performance levels for its electric vehicles.

Presently, Solid Power is focused on the development and scaling of its batteries, while paying attention to safety, performance and cost.

Solid Power founder and CEO Doug Campbell said: “Since the company's inception, the Solid Power team has worked to develop and scale a competitive solid-state battery paying special attention to safety, performance, and cost.

“Collaborating with BMW is further validation that solid-state battery innovations will continue to improve electric vehicles. We're looking forward to working with BMW on pushing the limits on developments around xEV batteries.”

Solid Power recently moved into a new facility in Louisville, Colorado, to triple its footprint and build out the capabilities required to offer commercial-quality solid-state battery prototypes.

Recently, BMW has delivered more than100,000 EVs for the year. On the occasion, the company stated that since the lunch of BMW i3 in 2013, it has delivered more than 200,000 EVs and by 2025, it aims to offer at least 25 electrified models.

As part of this plan, the company plans to introduce BMW i8 Roadster, followed by a fully electric MINI. In 2020, it will launch the electric version of BMW X3 and 2021 will see the launch of its flagship model, the BMW iNEXT.

Image: The new BMW i3 and the new BMW i3s. Photo: Courtesy of BMW Group.