Nissan unveiled today its prototype production facility for laminated all-solid-state battery (ASSB) cells. The facility is located within the Nissan Research Center in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
The Japanese company announced in-house development of solid-state batteries in November 2021 with a plan to start pilot production at its Yokohama Plant in fiscal 2024 and launch the first EV powered by the new batteries by fiscal 2028.
The prototype production line is a major step toward commercialisation of those next-generation batteries, which according to Nissan, are expected to offer an energy density approximately twice that of conventional lithium-ion batteries, significantly shorter charging time due to superior charge/discharge performance, and lower cost thanks to the opportunity of using less expensive materials.
Nissan has engaged in lithium-ion battery development for a very long time (over 20 years) and, as we understand, the company intends to continue its in-house approach also with the solid-state batteries.
As we can see, the physical form factor is similar to conventional cells currently used by the company - laminated cells.
By the way of presenting the prototype production facility, Nissan has repeated its very ambitious targets to achieve a cost of £58 per kWh at the pack level by the fiscal year 2028 and £50 per kWh thereafter.
In effect, electric vehicle costs should be reduced to the same level as petrol-powered vehicles, Nissan explains.
Kunio Nakaguro, executive vice president in charge of R&D, said:
"Nissan has been a leader in electrification technology through a wide range of R&D activities, from molecular-level battery material research to the development of safe, high-performance EVs. Our initiatives even include city development using EVs as storage batteries.
“The knowledge gained from our experience supports the development of all-solid-state batteries and we’ve accumulated important elemental technologies. Going forward, our R&D and manufacturing divisions will continue to work together to utilize this prototype production facility and accelerate the practical application of all-solid-state batteries."
Gallery: Nissan Prototype Production Facility For All-Solid-State Batteries
Nissan battery technology targets in brief:
- Nissan intends to introduce cobalt-free lithium-ion batteries to bring down the cost by 65% by fiscal year 2028 (by the end of March 2029)
- Nissan intends to launch electric vehicle with "its proprietary all-solid-state batteries (ASSB)" by fiscal year 2028 (by the end of March 2029)
a pilot plant in Yokohama should be ready as early as fiscal year 2024
- all-solid-state batteries (ASSB) target cost:
£58 per kWh on the pack level by fiscal year 2028
potential to achieve £50/kWh on the pack level
- global battery supply targets:
52 GWh by by fiscal year 2026 (by the end of March 2027)
130 GWh by fiscal year 2030 (by the end of March 2031)
- EV36Zero (EV hub concept) fully integrated manufacturing to spread globally: Europe (UK), Japan, China and in the U.S.