Toyota, Nissan, Honda team up for solid-state battery development

The Libtec consortium aims to develop batteries with a range of up to 500 miles.

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Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Panasonic are just four of the heavyweight Japanese companies that have reportedly teamed up for a new research and development program to develop solid-state batteries. 

The Consortium for Lithium Ion Battery Technology and Evaluation Center, or "Libtec," is being supported by a $14 million support grant from Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Nikkei Asian Review reported Sunday.

Solid-state battery technology is increasingly seen as the next big development in electric car development. This type of battery uses solid electrolytes that offer higher energy density than today's lithium-ion cells and they run cooler. It's also expected that they will cost less at scale, as well as be safer and more reliable than today's batteries.

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Toyota, Honda and Nissan are among Libtec's participants.

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Libtec's end goal is to jointly develop net battery tech that could support 800-km runs between charges -- that's around 500 miles -- by 2030. The shorter-term goal is a 550-km range pack (around 340 miles). That's well above the range of most of today's EVs, and is around the capacity of Tesla's Model S 100D, which has a massive, heavy and costly 100-kWh pack.