Tesla competitors Ford, BMW lead $130M funding round in solid-state battery startup

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The battle lines for the next generation of EV batteries are being drawn. While EV leader Tesla is going all-in on its custom 4680 cells, rivals such as Ford and BMW seem to be betting on a technology that remains elusive until today—solid-state batteries. This was showcased recently, with Ford and BMW leading a $130 …
The battle lines for the next generation of EV batteries are being drawn. While EV leader Tesla is going all-in on its custom 4680 cells, rivals such as Ford and BMW seem to be betting on a technology that remains elusive until today—solid-state batteries. This was showcased recently, with Ford and BMW leading a $130 million funding round in Solid Power, a solid-state battery startup.Â

The Series B investment round, which was announced on Monday, includes venture capital firm Volta Energy Technologies. The funding should enable Solid Power to expand its in-house manufacturing capabilities while positioning it as an eventual supplier for electric vehicle makers like Ford and BMW. BMW battery cell technology chief Peter Lamp is optimistic, stating that the technology may be ready by the…
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