BMW Confident it Can Win Race for Solid State Batteries

by Bimmerfest.com Member - Sebastien Bell on February 16, 2018, 4:03 pm
Right now, when you buy a new car you have a range of drivelines to choose form with a wealth of manufacturers all vying to make theirs the best. Thanks to the intricacies of the internal combustion engine, engineering is wildly difficulty and variable pursuit.

But with the rise of the electric car, and the relative simplicity of driveline engineering that entails, a certain sameyness emerges.

Sure, electric cars are different from one another but as compared to traditional cars, they don’t vary a whole heck of a lot.

Range stays pretty much the same regardless of whose car you’re driving and that’s thanks to lithium ion batteries that all manufacturers (as well as phone and laptop makers) use.

But there’s a change on the horizon. With the approach of solid state batteries, there’s a race to see who can bring them to market first.

The race is so fierce that even non-automakers like Dyson think that if they could bring out a solid state battery early, they could make it as an automaker.

But BMW is looking to, as the English say, piss on Dyson’s chips and they’re confident that they can be among the first to put solid state batteries in a car.

“We believe that the next few steps in development will turn batteries from a commodity into something delivering more of a technical advantage,” said Ian Robertson, head of marketing at BMW, told Autocar. “Solid state batteries are already working in the lab, but bringing them to production is proving incredibly difficult.”

In fact, Toyota, with whom BMW has partnered for battery and hydrogen technology, has already come out and said that they don’t think solid-state batteries will be ready for production until 2025.

Still, though, Robertson thinks that that’s alright.

“I’m confident with where we are at,” he told Autocar. And that will be important because he believes “that the next few steps in development will turn batteries from a commodity into something delivering more of a technical advantage.”

[source: Autocar]



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1 responses to BMW Confident it Can Win Race for Solid State Batteries

GeorgeBush234 commented:
April 13, 2018, 11:27 pm

Why don't they change into interstate batteries or something there is a manual for every single make of battery?