Investment into energy storage technology is expected to require an investment of $1.2 trillion by 2040, a part of which will be made up by batteries for electric vehicles. Furthermore, battery technology is expected to progress rapidly to meet the needs of automakers and consumers, who won’t stop searching for more efficient, powerful energy sources.
Solid-state batteries are thought to be the future of energy storage due to their solid electrolyte, which resists catching fire better than the liquid electrolyte of a lithium-ion battery. Some also believe solid-state batteries can possess energy density superior to that of liquid-electrolyte batteries, which can, in turn, allow for smaller batteries and less weight with a better range.
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