The Road to Automotive Qualification
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The Road to Automotive Qualification

Author: Solid Power Admin
Date Posted: 10.19.22

The Road to Automotive Qualification

As the demand for EVs grows, a “solid-state battery” is an increasingly familiar term. For the general public, it might seem like this technology and the buzz surrounding it came out of nowhere. But, as energy storage experts know, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In reality, consumers are witnessing the midpoint of a decades-long journey to market. 

“Some people underestimate which maturity level you have to reach before OEMs really lock in for a certain SOP.”

Dr. Peter Lamp

All-solid-state batteries (ASSBs) are closer to their market debut than they have ever been, but it’ll probably be a few years before your EV is powered by one. Introducing a new car component isn’t as simple as plug-and-play. Automakers are particular about what they include in their vehicles, and for good reason  even a small change can put both the safety of consumers and the reputation of a car manufacturer on the line. Before a part makes it off of the production line and into a vehicle, OEMs verify that it adheres to a laundry list of strict manufacturing and performance guidelines. 

OEMs spend a significant amount of time, energy, and resources identifying partners that can meet their exacting standards. But what, exactly, are they looking for when choosing a new battery manufacturer? And why has BMW committed to testing Solid Power’s cells for automotive qualification? In this clip, Dr. Peter Lamp, head of BMW’s Technology and Concepts Electric Energy Storage group, explains what needs to happen behind the scenes before automakers agree to a formal partnership.