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BMW partners with Solid Power to offer future EVs with longer range and durability

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BMW Group has announced a new partnership with Solid Power in a joint effort to develop solid-state batteries for electrified vehicles.

Solid-state batteries could offer longer range and more durability

Solid-state batteries could offer longer range and more durability

The partnership aims to further develop solid-state battery technology to “achieve performance levels required for high performance” xEV vehicles, including longer range and a more durable longer-lasting battery.

xEV refers to both battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

The announcement follows a similar declaration of intent by Toyota and Panasonic, which recently announced their work to develop solid-state batteries at a press conference in Japan.

Solid-state battery technology is said to offer the potential for BMW Group’s electric vehicles to have an “increased driving range” and a “battery with a longer shelf life” that can withstand higher temperatures than contemporary lithium-ion, used in today’s electric vehicles.

Due to the battery containing no liquid electrolyte, they are said to be safer and more cost effective than lithium-ion.

“Since the company’s inception, Solid Power has worked to develop and scale a competitive solid-state battery paying special attention to safety, performance, and cost,” said Doug Campbell, founder and CEO of Solid Power.

“Collaborating with BMW is further validation that solid-state battery innovations will continue to improve electric vehicles.”

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Jonathan turned to motoring journalism in 2013 having founded, edited and produced Autovolt - one of the UK's leading electric car publications. He has also written and produced books on both Ferrari and Hispano-Suiza, while working as an international graphic designer for the past 15 years. As the automotive industry moves towards electrification, Jonathan brings a near-unrivalled knowledge of EVs and hybrids to Fleet World Group.