The extremely fast charging battery technology utilises nano-scale metalloids within existing lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery
A revolutionary innovation corresponding to electric vehicle (EV) battery charging within 5-minutes is the XFC battery that can eliminate range and charging issues via a small form-factor battery cell.
Besides EVs, the battery offers ultra-fast charging to a number of other industries, such as commercial drones and consumer electronics. The engineering samples demonstrate to EV OEMs and battery manufacturers the successful replacement of graphite in the cell’s anode using metalloid nano-particles – a key breakthrough in overcoming major issues in safety, battery cycle life and swelling.
Unlike competing technologies which require significant capital expenditure in manufacturing equipment, the XFC batteries are designed to be produced on existing Li-ion production lines while being compliant with UN 38.3, which ensures the safety of Li-ion batteries during shipping.
“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. The 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,” said Dr Doron Myersdorf, CEO of StoreDot.
He also expects that the second-generation, silicon-dominant anode prototype battery for electric vehicle will launch 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.
Dr Myersdorf concludes: “We founded StoreDot to achieve what many said could never be done – develop batteries capable of delivering a full charge in just five minutes. We have shown that this level of XFC charging is possible – first in 2019 with an electric scooter and again six months ago with a commercial drone. We are proud to make these samples available, but today’s milestone is just the beginning. We’re on the cusp of achieving a revolution in the EV charging experience that will remove the critical barrier to mass adoption of EVs.”
The sample cells were produced by StoreDot’s strategic partner in China – EVE Energy Co., Ltd. StoreDot is releasing the first production batch of sample cells, which is targeted at showcasing the technology to potential EV and industry partners.