Mullen Automotive, a US-based electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, is making strides in battery technology integration. The company has announced plans to incorporate solid-state polymer battery technology into their Class 1 EV cargo van program. Beginning in Q4 2023, Mullen will test the new technology to evaluate its potential.
Currently, Mullen's Class 1 EV cargo van features a 46-killowatt lithium-ion battery pack with a 110-mile range. However, with the integration of solid-state polymer technology, the van's range is expected to exceed 200 miles on a full charge. Mullen will be using Linghang Guochuang Holding Group Co., Ltd's next-generation LH solid-state battery technology for this project.
Solid-state batteries offer a range of benefits over traditional lithium-ion cells, including higher energy density, faster charging times, smaller size, and better safety. The incorporation of this technology will enhance battery efficiency and overall vehicle performance, according to David Michery, CEO and Chairman of Mullen Automotive.
John Schwegman, the Chief Commercial Officer of Mullen Automotive, believes that the implementation of this new technology will reduce maintenance and operating costs for fleet EVs. Additionally, the higher-range battery option will significantly increase the number of use cases and routes in which commercial customers can deploy EVs.
Yao Wang, General Manager of the new energy power business department at Linghang Guochuang Holding Group Co., Ltd, commented on the collaboration: “We are pleased to be the first company in the U.S. to implement LH solid-state polymer battery technology in a commercial vehicle in conjunction with Mullen Automotive.”
Mullen Automotive's EV development portfolio includes the Mullen FIVE EV Crossover, Mullen I-GO Commercial Urban Delivery EV, Mullen Commercial Class 1-3 EVs, and Bollinger Motors, which features both the B1 and B2 electric SUV trucks and Class 4-6 commercial offerings. The integration of solid-state polymer battery technology is a step forward for Mullen's efforts to improve EV technology and expand the use of EVs in commercial settings.