GM China has just received an award for a revolutionary new high-power bipolar solid-state battery technology developed in the Asian country.
The automaker was presented with the 2022 R&D 100 award for the development of a bipolar solid-state battery that promises to accelerate the advancement of electrification with wide applicability across all industries. This new battery technology was created by GM China’s Science Lab in Shanghai, where the company is exploring new energy solutions for its next-generation electrified vehicles.
“The development of the high-power bipolar solid-state battery is the result of GM’s intrapreneurship culture, open innovation spirit and outstanding talent,” said GM Executive Vice President and President of GM China, Julian Blissett. “The continual incubation of groundbreaking innovations is allowing us to shape future mobility and drive us faster toward GM’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2040 and a vision of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion,” he added.
In particular, the new bipolar solid-state battery developed by GM China offers wide applicability in energy storage devices for low-voltage systems such as 12V start/stop, 48V mild hybrid and battery-assisted systems. The company hopes this new technology will create greater business synergy with lithium-ion batteries for pure electric vehicles and support progress for the zero-emission Ultium architecture.
Furthermore, this innovative bipolar solid-state battery from GM China represents a technological invention that promises to transcend beyond the automotive sector, as it also has the potential to empower other industries such as locomotives, wind power generation and mobile medical equipment. Like other GM developments, the new mechanism can be licensed to other global manufacturers to speed up the transition to an all-electric future.
Known as “The Oscars of Innovation,” the R&D 100 is a global award presented annually by R&D World magazine to recognize the 100 most influential products, technologies, and materials for their technological significance. In fact, the bipolar solid-state battery is GM China’s third R&D 100 award-winning development alongside the direct remote laser welding process in 2016 and the capacitor-assisted battery (CAB) in 2019.