Honda Battery Cell Research Center: Launching a Cutting-Edge Manufacturing by 2025
The Ohio State University, in collaboration with Honda, is establishing a Honda Battery Cell Research Center, slated to open in April 2025. The center, with commitments totaling $22 million, will accelerate the development of Honda battery cell materials and manufacturing technologies. It will also provide a hands-on learning environment for advanced battery technology workforce development.
Honda is a lead foundational partner, contributing $15 million to the project. Upon completion, the facility, managed by the Institute for Materials and Manufacturing Research at Ohio State, will create a hub for academic and industry connections across various fields, attracting Honda battery for EVs manufacturing and supply chain businesses to Ohio. That will help in making new batteries for upcoming Honda electric vehicles like Honda Prologue.
The project, endorsed by the State of Ohio, has received $4.5 million in federal funding through the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Extramural Construction program. This support will enable the construction of a crucial 4,000-square-foot dry room for Honda battery cell assembly, facilitating the development and scaling of batteries for applications like electric vehicles. The project aligns with the electrification trend in car industries.