Leading Japanese Manufacturers Team Up For Solid-State Battery Push

MAY 7 2018 BY MARK KANE 13

Development of solid-state batteries is to be accelerated in Japan through a new government-funded program led by Lithium Ion Battery Technology and Evaluation Center (Libtec).


Japan would like to become a top player in next-generation solid-state technology, but so far no company has begun mass-production of this type of battery.

On the other hand, the conventional lithium-ion batteries with liquid electrolyte escaped the hands of Japanese manufacturers – in 2013 they controlled 70% of the market, while in 2016 it was down to 41%, according to Nikkei.

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The new initiative combines many major players including carmakers Toyota, Nissan, Honda and battery manufacturers like Panasonic, GS Yuasa.

What surprises us the most is the government funding – 1.6 billion yen ($14 million) – pretty low for the purpose.

Libtec’s goal for solid-state batteries it to enable electric cars ranges of up to 500 miles (800 km) by 2030, compared with currently about up to 250 miles (400 km).

Source: Nikkei via Green Car Congress

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2030 ? many will Lose Interest in Ev’s By Then ! I wish they would Step it Up and get the show on the road !

Why? Because gas will drop below $1/gal by then?

Every year Plug in vehicle sales are rising. In what reality is the public losing interest?

Cell stacking is a good idea.

Here is what U.S. research has done.

Too bad U.S. government doesn’t spent over a billion $$$ per year on this. We would easily recover the investment.

The U.S. government was less than 1 tillion in debt before Reagan, now 21 trillion in debt after.

Although the German automakers lead the EV race today, I think the competition from the Japanese automakers will be very strong in 5-10 years. At the end, it’s good news for all EV enthusiasts 🙂

How do German Auto makers lead? Tesla is arguably the biggest EV manufacturer, American based. Nissan is close behind, Japanese. Renault is high on the list, French. VW has their Golf compliance EV. BMW has their i3, pretty good. I wouldn’t say German are leading at this stage.

Well, if you only look at what’s available on the market right now and refuse to see (or believe) what is forthcoming from Audi, VW, etc., then maybe you’re right. The fact that VW just doubled their 25 billion in battery orders is a sign of what’s to come.

VW is probed for yet another emission cheating device, per today’s news…

> The fact that VW just doubled their 25 billion in battery orders is a sign of what’s to come.

What are the terms of that contract? In other words, what is the timeline? Without that important information, going on about that contract is meaningless.

Germans leading!

Good joke!