Solid-State Batteries: Key Features and Benefits for Electric Vehicles

June 24, 2024
Dr. Rashid Farahati of Schaeffler outlines the technology behind solid-state batteries and the benefits they offer over other battery types.

Solid-state batteries are considered to be the next generation of battery technology which will help further the uptake of electric vehicles. Use of solid instead of liquid electrolytes enables many benefits over other batteries currently utilized in the market.  

According to Dr. Rashid Farahati, Ph.D., Director, Corporate Competency Center Americas, Schaeffler, the use of solid electrolytes helps overcome three of the biggest challenges associated with current battery technology:

  • safety
  • driving range and
  • charging time.

Solid electrolytes are not flammable like liquid variations are, which removes the chances of a battery catching on fire and thus leads to safety improvements. Longer driving ranges and shorter charging times are possible when using solid electrolytes as well because of the energy density possible and ability to use different types of anodes. In addition, solid-state batteries can be more compact in size which helps to reduce overall vehicle weight for further gains in driving range.

In this interview with Power & Motion, Dr. Farahati explains what makes solid-state batteries different from lithium-ion batteries and how they can benefit future electric vehicle designs.

Read “Solid-State Batteries Present Opportunity to Increase EV Market Adoption” for more of Dr. Farahati’s insights on solid-state batteries, including the challenges yet to overcome with this technology.

About the Author

Sara Jensen | Executive Editor, Power & Motion

Sara Jensen is executive editor of Power & Motion, directing expanded coverage into the modern fluid power space, as well as mechatronic and smart technologies. She has over 15 years of publishing experience. Prior to Power & Motion she spent 11 years with a trade publication for engineers of heavy-duty equipment, the last 3 of which were as the editor and brand lead. Over the course of her time in the B2B industry, Sara has gained an extensive knowledge of various heavy-duty equipment industries — including construction, agriculture, mining and on-road trucks —along with the systems and market trends which impact them such as fluid power and electronic motion control technologies. 

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