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Hyundai Motor Company and IonQ, a leader in trapped-ion quantum computing, have announced a partnership to enhance the quality of next-generation lithium batteries. The partnership will develop new variational quantum algorithms to study lithium compounds and their chemical reactions involved in battery chemistry.

The partnership pairs IonQ’s expertise in quantum computing, and Hyundai’s expertise in lithium batteries.

Together, the teams are creating the most advanced battery chemistry model yet developed on quantum computers.

This company says the research has the potential to ‘lead to new types of source material that save time, cost and effort in the years to come’.

TaeWon Lim, Executive Vice President and Head of Materials Research & Engineering Center at Hyundai Motor Group, says: “This creative collaboration with IonQ is expected to provide innovation in the development of basic materials in virtual space for various parts of the future mobility,” . We’re excited to step into the upcoming quantum era and take advantage of the opportunities that await with more effective battery power.”

“We at IonQ believe in our mission to solve the world’s most complex problems through the ongoing development of our quantum computers, and we see global climate change as one such problem that we can help to tackle with quantum chemistry solutions,” adds Peter Chapman, President and CEO of IonQ. “Battery efficiency is one of the most promising emerging areas where quantum computing can make a difference. We are thrilled to be working with Hyundai Motor Company on this project to make EVs a primary mode of transportation across the globe.”

The collaboration is a key component of Hyundai’s Strategy 2025 goals, which include the sale of 560,000 EVs per year and the introduction of more than 12 battery electric vehicle (BEV) models to consumers. 

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