More and more automotive manufacturers introduce BEVs (battery electric vehicles) and PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) to the automotive market. However, the technological and commercial competitiveness of batteries and battery cells is one of the main challenges that must be overcome if millions of EVs are to be launched in the near to mid-term.

The main aim of SAFELiMOVE is to meet the requirements of future EV users like faster charging and longer battery life. This will make it possible to promote electromobility and will also have a direct impact on climate change scenarios. To facilitate this, SAFELiMOVE will develop a new solid-state electrolyte-based technology to produce a safer, more reliable and high performing battery.

SAFELiMOVE delivers innovations in five main technology areas:

  • nickel-rich layered oxide cathode materials;
  • high specific capacity Li-metal anode materials;
  • advanced hybrid ceramic-electrolyte with improved ion conductivity at room temperature;
  • deployment of optimisation techniques and study of different interfaces for effective Li transport
  • knowhow creation for the development of scale up production of all-solid-state batteries.

Through these innovations, the batteries developed within the framework of SAFELiMOVE will be of a higher energy density of 450 Wh/kg, will allow for faster charging and will have a longer life cycle.

The SAFELiMOVE consortium contains key EU actors in the battery sector, from industrial materials producers, to R&D centres and the automotive industry, covering the complete knowledge and value chain.