Vietnamese automotive startup, VinFast, which is currently developing a range of premium electric vehicles, has announced that it will manufacturer solid-state batteries to be used in its future line-up.
VinFast Manufacturing, is the country’s first national car brand and is a subsidiary of the Vingroup – the largest private corporation in Vietnam. It has signed an MOU with Taiwanese solid-state battery manufacturer ProLogium, which will enable VinFast to use ProLogium’s patents to manufacture solid-state batteries in Vietnam.
According to the MOU, the two parties will set up a joint venture to produce automotive a solid-state battery (SSB) pack for VinFast’s EVs. This joint venture will gain access to patents and be allowed to use ProLogium’s MAB solid-state battery packaging technology (Multi-Axis Bipolar + Technology) to produce CIM/CIP solid-state battery packs in Vietnam.
This is a strategic step of VinFast in terms of developing battery technology for autonomous electric vehicles, a premise for the research and development of smart and advanced electric vehicles in the future.
ProLogium has been in operation since 2013 and specializes in the commercialization of solid-state battery technology. In 2017, ProLogium became the first company in the world to have a test line for solid-state battery technology on cars.
To date, ProLogium’s automotive solid-state batteries have passed numerous safety tests in Europe and China – the world’s largest electric vehicle markets. ProLogium is also working with the world’s leading electric vehicle manufacturers to test new battery technology on cars, and is expected to put into operation and mass production from 2023-2024. The use of solid-state batteries will help VinFast electric cars travel further distances, reduce charging time and increase the total number of times they can be charged.
The partnership with ProLogium is the next step of VinFast in the roadmap towards the goal of becoming the global smart electric car brand. Previously, VinFast announced the first three lines of its self-driving electric cars at Level 2-3, named VF31, VF32, VF33 and is deploying charging stations across the country, with the goal of having more than 40,000 charging ports for electric scooters and electric cars by the end of this year.