Quoted from the Associated Press on Saturday, the Japanese automaker said the battery promised to charge faster and be lighter but safer
The all-solid-state battery will replace the lithium-ion battery now used for the 2028 product launch and the pilot plant launch in 2024, according to a Nissan statement.
The all-solid-state battery is stable enough for use in a pacemaker. Once that's done, it should be about half the size of the current battery and be fully charged in 15 minutes instead of a few hours.
The collaboration with the US space program, as well as the University of California San Diego, involves testing a variety of materials, Company Vice President Kazuhiro Doi told reporters.
“Both NASA and Nissan need the same type of battery,” he said.
Nissan and NASA use so-called “original materials informatics platforms,” computerized databases, to test different combinations to see what works best among hundreds of thousands of materials, Doi said.