The Japan-based automaker, Nissan Motor joins hands with NASA to develop a new hybrid type of electric car battery that could be far better than the existing battery packs and endows improved qualities to the customers. Corporate Vice president Kazuhiro Doi proclaimed that this association was not only limited to the US civilian space program but also had a partnership with the University of California San Diego.
On the backdrop of these collaborations, experimentations with various materials happened and in the end, they got success in a neoteric battery setup, the “All-solid-state batteries” that aid to charge the electric products rapidly and also possess lighter weight when compared to others. Both the enterprises made use of the ‘Original material informatics platform’ which is a computerized database through which they experimented with various amalgamations of numerous materials in order to check what stands proper to satisfy the needs of both Nissan and NASA.
Nissan and NASA team up to revolutionize EV batteries
As the demand for electric vehicles surged incredibly, such a revolutionary endeavor will help much in the flourishing of makers. As the battery swapping policy demands the exchange of depleted batteries with augmented ones, batteries have to be lighter in order to ease this process.
Along with this, most electric vehicles are powered by batteries that take hours and hours of charging and this facilitation of quick charge will also expedite the charging procedure. Thus, the all-solid-state batteries will replace the lithium-ion battery packs as the former is half the size of lithium-ion batteries and even juice up to full charge in taking merely 15 minutes and its trait is durable and reliable enough to use in a pacemaker. The Corporate Vice president Kazuhiro Doi stated, “Both the NASA and Nissan need the same kind of battery”. Hence, it will be utilized in the launch of a product by Nissan that is anticipated to be in 2028 and also for the pilot launch in 2024 by NASA.
The global auto industry is nowadays witnessing many partnerships in the development of hybrid vehicles, products, and developmental systems. It was a couple of days back that General Motors has also joined hands together with Honda aiming at working together on the development of next-generation electric vehicles.
However, from the words of Kunio Nakaguro, the Executive Vice President of Nissan we could catch sight of their elation in considering this neoteric battery system as a ‘game changer’ that makes the Yokohama based brand, Nissan competitive enough with the other automakers like Toyota Motor Corp, Volkswagen, Ford Motor Co, General Motors, etc. that are still working in the all-solid-state battery.
All-solid-state battery setup helps the battery makers too while giving advantages to the customers by saving a penny in investing to procure rare metal raw materials that are needed for the lithium-ion battery. The use of electric vehicles is getting promoted as the balance of climate and environment is getting dilapidated due to the excessive consumption of fossil fuels.
Also, the label Nissan is not much resonated in the EV sector due to the stiff rival of players like Tesla, Wagmo etc. Hence, to combat other automobile manufacturers, Nissan needs to stand out from them by holding something unique and innovative. Thus, that intention got clocked up by a new kind of battery for future vehicles.