StoreDot is to establish a new solid-state battery R&D center in California, USA, where it will design, build and test battery tech, working in cooperation with the company’s Israel-based R&D headquarters.
Ultimately, the goal of the work is to advance the company’s extreme fast charging (XFC) automotive battery tech and take it into mass production by 2024. Further resources will be plowed into researching next-generation extreme energy density (XED) solid-state capabilities and materials, with the aim of scaling up this tech for series production by 2028. StoreDot is currently shipping samples to its partners for real-world testing.
Dr Doron Myersdorf, CEO at StoreDot, said, “This new US R&D innovation hub signals that our business is rapidly expanding, as we are scaling up our extreme fast charging technologies. Establishing a facility in California will allow us to harness the world-class talent pool that’s available there, with many people and organizations at the forefront of next-generation advancements.
“This will bolster the development of our world-leading XFC technologies and onto XED solid-state batteries. We are also actively considering establishing a manufacturing partnership in the US, as it’s essential that major automotive manufacturing centers have captive capacity, redressing the current imbalance in favor of Asian manufacturers and making batteries where electric vehicles are made.”
Myersdorf continued, “Our new US team will work in tandem with our rapidly expanding global network, bringing new skills and ideas in order that we can execute our clear technology roadmap, enabling automotive manufacturers to develop vehicles that overcome range and charging anxiety.”