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Volkswagen aims to mass produce solid-state batteries by 2024

by Justin King

Partnering with QuantumScape, the automaker will launch a trial production project in 2023.

Volkswagen has announced plans to launch a trial production project for solid-state batteries.

Partnering with QuantumScape, the automaker hopes to begin the trial by 2023, according to a statement by CEO Herbert Diess at a Wolfsburg press conference attended by .

If the pilot project is successful, the companies hope to start mass production as early as 2024.

Solid-state batteries are viewed as a potential breakthrough in the automotive and aviation industries, theoretically providing much higher energy density than current lithium-ion cells without the inherent dangers of volatile liquid electrolytes.

Numerous startups are currently pushing to develop next-generation battery technology. None have publicly presented a commercially viable alternative to lithium-ion cells, however. To replace lithium-ion, the technology must be competitive in terms of production cost per kilowatt-hour and operational parameters such as heat/cold exposure.

Expecting to build three million electric vehicles by 2025, VW Group has secured around $25 billion in supply contracts with traditional battery makers such as LG Chem and Samsung SDI.

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