Tokyo : Japanese automaker Nissan has unveiled its first prototype production facility for the all-solid-state battery cell, which the company intends to bring to market in the coming years.

Nissan said it aims to launch an EV with an in-house developed all solid-state battery by fiscal year 2028

, This prototype facility within the Nissan Research Center in Kanagawa Prefecture is intended to further fuel the development of all-solid-state-batteries. , the automaker said.

Kunio said, “Nissan has been a leader in electrification technology through a wide range of R&D activities, from molecular-level battery materials research to the development of safe, high-performance EVs. Our initiatives also include development of the city by using EVs as storage batteries.” Nakaguro, Executive Vice President, in charge of R&D.

The carmaker plans to set up a pilot production line at its Yokohama plant in fiscal year 2024, including materials, design and manufacturing processes for prototype production on line, to be studied at the prototype production facility.

Nissan said late Friday that all-solid-state batteries could be reduced to $75 per kWh in fiscal 2028 and $65 per kWh thereafter, putting EVs at the same cost level as gasoline-powered vehicles. Is.

All-solid-state batteries are expected to be a game-changing technology to accelerate the popularity of electric vehicles.

They have almost twice the energy density than conventional lithium-ion batteries, significantly shorter charging times due to better charge/discharge performance, and lower costs thanks to the opportunity to use cheaper materials.

With these benefits, Nissan hopes to use all-solid-state batteries in a wide range of vehicle segments, including pickup trucks, making its EVs more competitive.

“Going forward, our R&D and manufacturing departments will continue to work together to utilize this prototype production facility and accelerate the practical application of all solid-state batteries,” Nakaguro said.