Stellantis, the multinational automotive conglomerate, is working to develop lighter batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) with the aim of reducing their weight by 50% by 2030. According to Ned Curic, the technology chief of Stellantis, current EV batteries are excessively heavy and this limits the sustainability of these vehicles.
Curic declared that his decidedly ambitious goal is to reduce the weight of batteries by 2030, although at the moment he does not have a clear vision of what these “batteries of the future” will look like. To achieve this goal, it will be necessary to develop new materials, new chemical solutions and find innovative, and particularly ingenious, ways to replace the materials currently used, known for their high density.
With this goal in mind, Stellantis has invested 40 million euros in the creation of the Battery Technology Center in Turin, which will be focused on the development, and internal testing, of batteries for the group’s future vehicles. Additionally, a similar facility is already under construction in North America, in Windsor, Canada, which represents part of the company’s long-term efforts to improve electric vehicle batteries.
During the presentation, Curic also announced that Stellantis plans to launch a “very affordable” vehicle by the end of the year, without specifying the price, however. The goal is to make electric vehicles more accessible to a large part of the population.
These efforts in developing lighter batteries, and making more affordable electric vehicles, are part of Stellantis’ commitment to greater sustainability of the EV industry. By reducing the weight of batteries, the energy efficiency of vehicles could be improved, as well as increasing their autonomy. Ultimately, these projects represent concrete and significant steps towards a more sustainable future, reducing dependence on carbon-based energy sources and promoting the adoption of electric vehicles around the world.