27 Dec '17, 3pm

NGK Spark Plug to Vie for Solid-State Battery Production

NGK Spark Plug to Vie for Solid-State Battery Production

NGK Spark Plug, the world’s largest manufacturer of spark plugs, is now increasing its focus towards the solid-state battery market. The move appears to be pre-emptive against the predicted decline of internal combustion engines, and a bid to modernize its product portfolio as electric vehicles come to the forefront. “We realized that it was inevitable that the industry would at some point shift from the internal combustion engine to battery EVs, and that ultimately this could make our spark plug and oxygen sensor businesses obsolete,” said Takio Kojima, senior general manager of engineering and research and development, in an interview with Reuters . One of the biggest reported advocates of solid-state batteries to date has been Toyota, which has set a goal of introducing solid-state batteries to the mass market by the early 2020s. The brand is banking on its more stable,...

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