Hyundai to support American solid-state battery startup – DRIVE

Factorial Energy, a startup based in Woburn, Massachusetts, has partnered with Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation to jointly develop solid-state traction batteries. The Korean investment will help Factorial develop its storage technology at the cell, module and battery level. And Hyundai, in turn, will integrate such batteries into cars and help with the development of specifications. It is too early to talk about serial implementation, but even experiments will already contribute to progress in this area.

Solid-state batteries have a higher capacity per unit weight than conventional lithium-ion batteries. To launch, you need to solve the problems of durability, production cost. The company from Woburn developed its version of the solid electrolyte FEST (Factorial Electrolyte System Technology) and promised safe and reliable battery operation with a 20-50% increase in charging mileage.

It’s too early to talk about the prospects of developing Factorial Energy. The only hopeful moment is the people involved in the project. Factorial’s executive chairman is former Panasonic North America CEO Joe Taylor. And the advisory board includes the former president of Daimler Dieter Zetsche and former president of Ford Mark Fields… In general, solid-state batteries can push the current ones not in the short term, but in the medium term. Of the large automotive companies that have noted projects and experiences in this area (implemented together with partners), we can recall Toyota, Renault, GM, Volkswagen, Ford and BMW… And from less large-scale – Fisker, Extreme cars and Nio.

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