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Nissan seeks to create the battery that could change electric cars forever

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We know it: the future of the automotive industry is electric. Automakers are clear about this and are working hard to develop vehicles that help them achieve the goal of reaching carbon neutrality in their products and operations, in addition to offering consumers electric vehicles that meet their expectations in terms of quality and price. . Nissan the Japanese car manufacturer, announced the opening of a plant in which a solid state battery will be produced, which could mean a significant change for the electric car market.

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The batteries currently used by most electric cars are lithium ion and have a series of problems that have hindered the development of the electric car market: they are heavy, long to charge, have a very low energy density (i.e. the energy does not last long), they cannot be charged or discharged to 100% and, in addition, they are expensive. Solid-state batteries, on the other hand, offer greater energy storage which translates into longer range, shorter charging time and lower price.

The problem is that to date there are only prototypes of batteries based on this technology. Nissan will open a pilot production line at the Yokohama City Plant to create a prototype of the battery. According to the company, by 2028 it could launch a battery offering a vehicle running cost of 65 kWh, which would put it on par with gasoline-powered vehicles.

Kunio Nakaguro , vice president in charge of the research and development division, explained: “Nissan has been a leader in electrification technology through a wide range of research and development activities; from the research of battery materials at the molecular level to the development of safe and efficient electric vehicles. Our initiatives even include the development of cities using electric vehicles as storage batteries.

Nissan is the manufacturer of the LEAF, a compact car which debuted in 2010 to conquer the market; Since then, no other electric vehicle has been marketed, although the Nissan ARYA is about to hit the market.

In the summer of last year, the company joined Race to Zero, the United Nations campaign that aims to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2050 at the latest.