Once the cells enter series production, they could allow electric vehicles to travel as far as 620 miles (1,000 km) on a single charge, according to SVolt Energy cited by CNEVPost. Of course, carmakers could choose to use a smaller battery, cutting costs and improving efficiency while maintaining a sensible range. Either way, the consumers will benefit from the new technology.
Lithium-sulfur cells are considered the holy grail of batteries. They are actively researched and pursued by all the industry’s players. Producing a viable Li-S battery was considered “hard as hell” because existing technologies were not able to make them endure more than a few charge/recharge cycles. SVolt is confident it has found a way to produce solid-state electrolyte materials at scale.
This is another example of how lab research can be used in the real-life production of improved battery cells. Researchers only recently discovered a breakthrough solid electrolyte for sulfur batteries. Together with other studies in the field of batteries, such researches accelerate the development of solid-state batteries.
SVolt is not the only company close to mass-producing a solid-state battery. WeLion, another Chinese company, is on track to supply semi-solid-state batteries to NIO for its ET7 sedan. The battery pack boasts an energy density of 360 Wh/kg and will enter production this year. Gotion High-Tech also works to deliver a semi-solid ternary battery with a similar energy density by the end of the year.