Battery Cell Technology is encompassing the world's first free-standing/self-supported electrode with a cathode, enabling more energy storage within the cell.
FREMONT, CA: "This is the biggest advancement we have seen in the battery world," says Trevor Milton, CEO, Nikola Motor Company. "We are not talking about small improvements; we are talking about doubling your cell phone battery capacity. We are talking about doubling the range of BEVs and hydrogen-electric vehicles around the world." A company that designs and manufactures electric vehicles, vehicle components, energy storage systems, and electric vehicle drive trains, Nikola Corporation, is about to unveil a game-changing battery cell technology. The new battery has a record energy density of 1,100 watt-hours per kg on the material scale and 500 watt-hours per kg on the production cell scale, including casing, terminals, and separator, which is more than that of double lithium-ion battery cells.
The Nikola prototype cell is an innovative battery removing binder material and current collectors by enabling more energy storage within the cell. The prototype cell is also expected to pass nail penetration standards, thus reducing potential vehicle fires. "Nikola is in discussions with customers for truck orders that could fill production slots for more than ten years and propel Nikola to become the top truck manufacturer in the world in terms of revenue. Now the question is why not share it with the world?" says Milton.
The battery technology would be able to increase the range of recent EV passenger cars from 300 miles up to 600 miles with limited or no increase to battery size and weight, designed to operate in existing vehicle conditions. Nikola's new cell technology is easy to recycle and environmentally friendly, as well. Nikola's battery-electric trucks could now drive 800 miles fully loaded between charges weighing 5,000 lbs. Nikola's hydrogen-electric fuel cell trucks surpass 1,000 miles between stops and top off in 15 minutes. This battery is the world's first free-standing electrode automotive battery cycled over 2,000 times with acceptable end-of-life performance along with a 40% reduction in weight compared to lithium-ion cells and 50% material cost mitigation per kWh compared to lithium-ion batteries.
Nikola Corporation is transforming the transportation industry while enhancing the employees' lives and leaving the world a better place. The company designs and manufactures hydrogen-electric vehicles, vehicle components, electric vehicle drivetrains, energy storage systems, and hydrogen stations.