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Ford’s Battery Bet Says Automotive Testing Will Start in 2022

  • Solid Power’s pilot line began output in the second quarter
  • Startup has raised $26 million, including from Ford, Hyundai
Solid Power’s 22-layer 20Ah cell compared with the company’s first-generation 10-layer 2Ah cell.
Solid Power’s 22-layer 20Ah cell compared with the company’s first-generation 10-layer 2Ah cell.Source: Solid Power
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Solid Power, a battery startup backed by Ford Motor Co., said it’s on track to begin testing solid-state batteries for automotive production in early 2022, a signal it eventually could help established car companies compete with Tesla Inc.

The startup, which was spun out of the University of Colorado in 2014, began making battery cells on a pilot line in its Colorado facility during the second quarter of this year. Those first-iteration cells already pack 15% to 20% more power than the lithium-ion batteries used in today’s electric cars, Chief Executive Officer Doug Campbell said.