By Battery Power Online Staff
November 12, 2021 | StoreDot has made several updates this month, most recently their manufacture of silicon-dominant anode XFC cell technologies, ready for electric vehicles, on a production line.
Calling it a crucial step toward production at scale of technologies that will decrease electric vehicle charging times by half, StoreDot’s A-Series Samples of XFC pouch cells have been produced by the company’s manufacturing partner EVE Energy. These cells will go on to be shipped to global car manufacturers, already partnering with StoreDot, to begin real-world testing. This is the latest development for StoreDot’s rapid advancement in extreme fast charging lithium-ion batteries for use in the automotive sector. It has recently revealed plans to make its breakthrough ‘booster’ technology, utilizing hardware and software advances and covered by patent, available to other organizations on an open-source basis.
“StoreDot’s mission is to provide global automotive manufacturers extreme fast charging technologies that will enable them to help consumers overcome what is known to be the major barrier to mass EV adoption. We offer a 50% reduction in charging time for the same cost, but mass production on new technologies is a critical step, which is why these first A-Series Samples are such a major milestone in our technology roadmap,” said Dr Doron Myersdorf, StoreDot CEO, in a press release. “These XFC sample cells will shortly be shipped to our global car-making partners for real-world testing and we are confident they will play a major role in increasing the crucial ‘miles per minute’ rate which is key to driver’s experience and eliminating range anxiety.”
Myersdorf says the technology is “designed for manufacturing (DFM)” on existing Li-ion production lines, a process that is AI-assisted. “We are now on track to manufacture these XFC cells, in pouch or cylindrical form, at scale by 2024,” he added. “They will then rapidly go into zero-emissions vehicles to assist the journey towards a cleaner world. We’re also already working on our extreme energy density (XED) solid-state technology which will enter mass production in 2028.”
R&D Innovation, Hub
StoreDot has also recently announced an approved patent for a transformational technology, giving automotive batteries fixed capacity and driving range throughout their lifespan. This “digital battery” breakthrough, achieved through a combination of patented software and cell chemistry management, gives an EV owner a fixed battery driving range for the duration of its useful service life, thus overcoming another aspect of the known Range Anxiety. It manages both charging voltages and StoreDot’s XFC silicon-based cell chemistry to stress a battery less at the start of its life and balance its performance across the battery’s life to deliver a driving experience with predictable and consistent range.
Finally, StoreDot opened an R&D innovation hub in California. The new US-based innovation hub is being established to help StoreDot in its mission to promote a zero-emissions world, providing automotive battery technologies that will significantly enhance the electrified vehicle ownership experience, eradicating range anxiety. It will work alongside StoreDot’s Israel-based R&D headquarters, enabling its revolutionary XFC automotive battery technologies to be mass produced by 2024. It will also immediately commence research into next-generation extreme energy density (XED) solid-state capabilities and materials, with the aim of scaling-up these advanced technologies for mass production by 2028.