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Solid Power, Inc., an American developer of solid-state electric vehicle (EV) battery cells, backed by Ford and BMW, has completed installation of its pilot production line designed to produce solid-state cells at the scale of EVs. Solid Power intends to produce silicon EV cells for internal testing before delivering cells to automotive partners BMW and Ford.
Solid Power’s Silicon EV Cells are designed to power longer-range, lower-cost, and safer electric vehicles.
Using over 50% active silicon in the anode, Solid Power designed the cell for increased energy density, which should deliver longer driving distances to address distance anxiety.
When operating at full capacity, Solid Power’s EV cell pilot line should be capable of producing 300 cells per week, or approximately 15,000 cells per year, with the majority of these slated for automotive qualification testing.
Doug Campbell, President and CEO of Solid Power, said, “Solid Power is encouraged to take this next step in its automotive qualification roadmap. The installation of this pilot line of EV cells will allow us to produce EV scale cells suitable for initiating the formal automotive qualification process. Over the next several quarters, we will work to bring the pilot line of EV cells to full operational capability and look forward to delivering EV-scale all-solid-state cells to our partners later this year.
Derek Johnson, Chief Operating Officer at Solid Power, adds, “With the pilot line of EV cells now installed, our next big challenge is to begin full-scale production and build cells that meet the requirements needed for us to can enter car qualifying later this year. ”
Invest initially in Solid power in 2019, Ford made an additional capital investment to help accelerate the development of solid-state vehicle battery technology, contributing to a $130 million B-series investment round in which the BMW Group becomes equal shareholder with Ford.