nissan is partnering with nasa on a computational approach to developing all-solid-state batteries that don’t rely on rare or expensive metals, the ap has reported.
to get there, the company said it’s opening a pilot solid-state battery plant in 2024. many of the battery concepts have been demonstrated in laboratories time and again, but making the leap to manufacturing often reveals unexpected problems.
building a pilot plant shows that nissan is confident enough in its current solid-state battery tech. the 2028 target for mass production is similar to competitors like solid power. that suggests the industry is feeling confident in the timeline for when all-solid-state batteries will be ready for automotive use at scale.
the nissan-nasa partnership, which also involves researchers from the university of california, san diego, is likely looking beyond those first cells. while today’s solid-state battery designs change some fundamental parts of lithium-ion batteries mostly by doing away with flammable liquid electrolytes—they largely leave others in place, including the use of rare or expensive metals like cobalt and nickel. by eliminating such metals, future batteries would not only be cheaper but also have potentially cleaner and more ethical supply chains. cobalt mining, for example, is rife with human rights abuses and environmental hazards.
according to the associated press, the partners said they’ll be creating an “original material informatics platform” consisting of a large database of materials that can be mixed and matched to determine their potential properties.
the all-solid-state battery is stable enough to be used in pacemakers. when finished it will be about half the size of the current battery and fully charge in 15 minutes instead of a few hours.
above> elon musk presents model s in 2012
Yesterday Tesla released their patents. From Elon Musk: “Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.” [ tesla news ]
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[ designapplause updated post ] It came to our attention that an 2009 electric concept vehicle thought to have been literally unplugged in 2010 has won “European e-Scooter of the Year” Award for the VX-1 Li/Li+ at Belgium’s Circuit Zolder’s “CleanWeek 2020” Event this past May 2012. [ CleanWeek 2020 ] Current images of the scooter above and below:
USA distributor [ details ] [ pierspeed ]
[ The content below from a DesignApplause 16 July 2009 post ]
The Tesla of the electric scooter world is on life support. Almost everyone laid off.
above photo: flickr
above photo: flickr
The company has not made any money but they have invested heavily in the product. It would be nice to see this product plugged back in.
After examining the options and driving the cars, it was a pretty easy decision via techcrunch [RK]
Blink, the new Electronic Vehicle (EV) Charger from ECOtality and Frog Design makes GE’s heretofore popular WattStation look like last year’s PC.
Its simple, rounded, white interface was designed to put the Mac-friendly world at ease, and its two-part configuration makes it ideal for use at home. Unlike the familiar gas station pump of a single, standing module, Blink separates the two components of the design into an upper communications-based section and a lower section that houses the charger. It evens tracks your “charging behavior” and notifies you when it’s peak charging time. And instead of a space-wasting, free-standing unit, Blink can be wall-mounted anywhere in your garage. Going EV never looked so good.
designer: frog design
producer: ecotality and wattstation
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above: arrival at alice springs. recharging after arrival at Alice Springs (we came in with more than 120 km’s of range left, which made the recharge a quick one).
above: hackett and prelgauskas are driving hackett’s red 2008 roadster as part of the 10th annual global green challenge, one of the most high-profile rallies worldwide for production, prototype and experimental cars. Hackett is providing updates in real time on his blog.
The pair drove from alice springs, in the australian northern territory, to the finish marker at a point 183 km north of coober pedy, in south australia.
above: motor sport manager from the south australian motor sport board, jeffmattner,
applies a seal to the Roadster’s “fuel tank”.
above: simon hackett, as he sets off to break the world distance record for a production electric vehicle
above: simon and emilis making history with 313 (501 KM) miles on single charge
above: internode’s favorite road marker on the entire stuart highway
Producer: tesla motors