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Published on April 16th, 2024 | by Sounder Rajen


IM Motors Launches An EV That Features A Version Of Solid-State Batteries

IM Motors is a collaboration between SAIC Motor and Alibaba

In a significant stride toward advancing the realm of next-generation electric vehicles (EVs), Chinese automotive manufacturer IM Motors has marked a milestone with the introduction of a groundbreaking car featuring a version of solid-state batteries instead of the usual lithium-ion battery. Will this revolutionise the entire EV industry and make batteries more affordable?

Battery Packs

Dubbed the “Lightyear” battery pack, this technological marvel serves as the primary power reservoir for IM Motors’ flagship model, the L6 Lightyear Max. Priced at an approximate value of ¥330,000, equivalent to USD45,600 (about RM217,679), this unveiling heralds a new era in the EV market, promising enhanced performance, efficiency, and sustainability.

Moreover, IM Motors, a joint venture between SAIC, the parent company of MG cars, and Alibaba, a prominent Chinese internet conglomerate, stands at the forefront of innovation in the automotive industry. Leveraging the expertise and resources of its parent companies, the brand has emerged as a key player in the rapidly evolving landscape of electric mobility.

The L6 Lightyear Max also represents the culmination of extensive research and development efforts, showcasing the fusion of cutting-edge technology and visionary design. With its sleek aesthetics and advanced features, this EV embodies the essence of modern transportation, offering consumers a compelling alternative to traditional combustion engine vehicles.

On top of that, the integration of solid-state batteries in the L6 Lightyear Max underscores IM Motors’ commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship. Unlike conventional lithium-ion batteries, solid-state batteries offer several advantages, including higher energy density, faster charging times and improved safety, making them an ideal choice for powering the next generation of EVs.

IM Motors’ strategic partnership with Alibaba provides a platform for synergistic collaboration and innovation, enabling the company to leverage Alibaba’s vast ecosystem of digital technologies and services to enhance the overall user experience and connectivity of its vehicles. This also means that there is more support to deliver these batteries as well.

The launch of the L6 Lightyear Max follows IM Motors’ successful debut with the L7 sedan and the LS7 electric SUV, further solidifying the brand’s position as a trailblazer in the EV market and may even be the main reason behind the brand’s potential success. 


With its unwavering commitment to innovation and sustainability, IM Motors is poised to shape the future of transportation and accelerate the global transition towards a greener, more sustainable mobility ecosystem. Let’s see what they can achieve.

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