CHARGING RESEARCH The first 5-minute charge of Li-ion batteries in test mode
Electric mobility depends mostly on the performance and charging capabilities of batteries. A new system from StoreDot offers ultra-fast battery charging technology using nanoscale metalloids and proprietary compounds.
StoreDot, a pioneer of extreme fast charging (XFC) battery technology, today announces the availability of its first-generation 5-minute charge battery engineering samples. This represents a significant milestone for the company in its mission to eliminate the range and charging anxiety of electric vehicles (EVs), demonstrating the commercial viability of XFC batteries for the first time via a small form-factor battery cell.
StoreDot is releasing the first production batch of sample cells, targeted at showcasing the technology to potential EV and industry partners. This first-generation battery was used to demonstrate the full charge of a two-wheeled EV in just 5 minutes for the first time. It can offer ultra-fast charging to many other industries, such as commercial drones and consumer electronics. The first-generation engineering samples demonstrate to EV OEMs and battery manufacturers the successful replacement of graphite in the cell’s anode using metalloid nano-particles – a fundamental breakthrough in overcoming major issues in safety, battery cycle life, and swelling.
Optimizing existing battery technology
StoreDot’s strategic partner in China produced the sample cells – EVE Energy Co., Ltd. Crucially, unlike competing technologies requiring significant capital expenditure in bespoke manufacturing equipment, StoreDot XFC batteries are designed to be produced on existing Li-ion production lines at EVE Energy. The samples are compliant with UN 38.3, which ensures the safety of Li-ion batteries during shipping.
Innovation becoming product
Dr. Doron Myersdorf, CEO of StoreDot, comments: “StoreDot continues to go from strength to strength as we get one step closer to making our vision of 5-minute charging of EVs a commercial reality. Our team of top scientists has overcome inherent challenges of XFC such as safety, cycle life, and swelling by harnessing innovative materials and cell design. Today’s announcement marks an important milestone, moving XFC for the first time beyond innovation in the lab to a commercially-viable product that is scalable for mass production. This paves the way for the launch of our second-generation, silicon-dominant anode prototype battery for electric vehicles later this year.” In collaboration with its strategic partners, StoreDot is in the vanguard of driving mainstream adoption of electric vehicles by overcoming the critical barrier of range and charging anxiety.