Fisker has joined the promise of long range, high density, quick charge solid state batteries for electric cars with patents filed for their new technology.
Although many have their doubts, we do seem to be moving towards the next step in battery technology, with solid state batteries not too far on the horizon.
Now the eponymous Fisker is jumping in to the fray with patents for solid state batteries which, it says, will be ready for commercial use in about five years time.
It seems likely Fisker’s solid state batteries are heading the same route as James Dyson, with a co-founder of Sakti3 – snapped up by Dyson – involved in Fisker’s development team.
Despite the doubters, it is starting to look as if solid state batteries will be come a reality in the not too distant future, and if they fulfil their promise it will see a sea change in attitudes to electric cars.
Fisker are promising similar performance from their new batteries as others, including a 500 mile range, a density 2.5 times that of current batteries and the ability to re-charge in a similar time to an ICE car.
Not only that, but the solid state batteries won’t need expensive, and weighty, cooling systems, and will be cheaper to produce.
Fisker say they will reveal more on their technology at the CES in January, alongside their new Fisker EMotion (which will launch with normal batteries).
It all sounds very promising – from Fisker, Toyota, Dyson and others – and if solid state batteries do turn out to be a reality then the biggest loser could be Tesla.
Already beset by seemingly insoluble production nightmares, its huge investment in current battery technology could be a real issue.