StoreDot opens California innovation hub to boost development of semi-solid-state batteries

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StoreDot, a producer of extreme fast charging battery technology for EVs, is opening its first USA research facility in Irvine, California. The company’s new laboratory facility will be used to accelerate the development of StoreDot’s semi-solid battery technology and battery material research.

StoreDot chose the Californian location to enable it to access the talent pool in the West Coast area. The location will also aid StoreDot in strengthening its relationship with USA-headquartered EV OEMs. Dr David Lee, the global chief science officer for StoreDot, will head up the facility and aims to rapidly expand the company’s USA research and development expertise.

The US laboratory will work in collaboration with StoreDot’s Israel R&D headquarters, enabling it to continue scaling its global operation while remaining on track to achieve its 100inX strategic technology roadmap. Announced in 2022, this roadmap will see the delivery of mass-produced battery cells capable of 100 miles of range in five minutes of charge by 2024, 100 miles in three minutes by 2028 and 100 miles in two minutes by 2032.

“With the growing activity of testing programs around the globe, the opening of our new US R&D innovation hub is further evidence of our rapid expansion,” commented Dr Lee. “Now that we have an operational US base, we are looking to harness the world-class talent pool here to bolster the development of our leading XFC technology and its future generations.

“It’s an honor to be leading this team which will work closely with our Israel headquarters and bring new skills and scientific capabilities to the company as we scale-up our business and transition to mass production.”

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