German automotive giant BMW has formed a partnership to develop solid-state batteries for its electric vehicles with US-based start-up Solid Power.
Solid Power, which has been developing solid-state rechargeable batteries in Louisville, Colorado, aims to advance its technology to meet the requirements for high performance EVs.
Solid Power said solid-state battery technology allows EVs to have “long electrical range with enhanced safety and performance compared to conventional lithium-ion battery cells”. The company said its batteries feature proprietary inorganic materials and use non-volatile/non-flammable components that have a “higher energy density”.
Solid Power’s technology has “great potential” to help improve BMW’s EVs with “increased driving range and a battery with a longer shelf-life that can withstand high temperatures”, the company said.
The battery developer recently moved into a facility triple the size of its original premises.
Solid Power founder and CEO Doug Campbell (pictured) said: “Collaborating with BMW is further validation that solid-state battery innovations will continue to improve electric vehicles.” Campbell said the company looked forward to working with BMW on “pushing the limits on developments around xEV batteries for both battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.”