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Stellantis NV's excellent battery partner announced Thursday it had secured a Massachusetts property for a prototype production unit.

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Factorial Inc., doing trade as Orthogonal array Energy, is developing a solid lithium-ion battery for electric vehicles.

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Researchers think the startup's battery will reduce fire danger and boost range.

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 The Methuen, Massachusetts, factory will produce FEST cells. Opening in early 2023, the 67,000-square-foot structure will produce 166 jobs.

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 Chairman Siyu Huang said the batteries will be the right size and energy capacity for automobile use.

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Factorial's OEM development partners will use these cells to validate the company's technology and construct solid-state EV batteries.

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Factorial works with Hyundai Co. and Mercedes-Benz of Daimler AG.

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Massive external pressure is one of the main hurdles to mass-producing solid-state batteries. Factorial's batteries are "quasi-solid-state"

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 Huang said Factorial's technique can exploit existing and future battery manufacturing footprints. 

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 Stellantis is financing $6.6 billion in lithium-ion battery production.