ZapGo Ltd., developer of Carbon-Ion (C-Ion) cells, a fast-charging and safe alternative to lithium batteries, is on course to begin manufacturing commercial quantities of its next-generation cells. The company has concluded a collaborative partnership agreement with Li-Fun Technology Co Ltd., a large-scale manufacturer of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries headquartered in Zhuzhou, Hunan Province, China. C-Ion cells are one of the first to reach commercialization as an alternative to lithium-ion.
Zap&Go’s technology will initially be used in electric scooters, cordless power tools and robotic cleaners. The cells can be recharged in five minutes or less instead of the current standard of several hours. Products powered by Zap&Go cells are expected to be available in stores and online in early 2018. The company expects to introduce further products as manufacturing capacity grows.
The cells are designed to be manufactured using the same production lines used for lithium-ion cells, thereby enabling high yield and quality levels without the need to design or install new production lines.
Stephen Voller, CEO & Founder of Zap&Go, said, “Partnering with Li-Fun will transform Zap&Go from the R&D stage to commercialization and we look forward to bringing our disruptive technology to market. We believe Zap&Go’s C-Ion cells may soon replace lithium-ion in certain vertical markets where quick charging and safety are essential.”
Dr. Kent Tu, President & Founder of Li-Fun, said, “We are pleased and honored that Zap&Go has selected us to be its first large-scale manufacturing partner. Our continual investment in state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities has made Li-Fun an ideal fit for Zap&Go. We look forward to a strong partnership and cooperation and to help bring C-Ion technology to market for use in a wide variety of electronic products.”