Stellantis has announced that it has invested in US start-up Lyten Inc. with the aim of speeding up bringing Lyten’s innovative 3D Graphene applications to market within the mobility industry.
The two companies will collaborate on the development of advanced applications for EV batteries based on lithium-sulphur technology. Additionally, they will focus on vehicle light weighting techniques and improved vehicle sensing solutions.
Lyten’s lithium-sulphur batteries have the advantage of not incorporating nickel, cobalt, or manganese, which leads to a significant reduction in carbon emissions estimated to be around 60% lower than the carbon footprint of current lithium-ion batteries.
“Among the automotive product innovations being transformed by Lyten 3D Graphene are Lithium-Sulphur batteries with the potential to deliver more than twice the energy density of lithium-ion, payload-improving light weighted vehicle composites, and new modes of sensing that do not require chips, batteries or wires,” says Dan Cook, president and CEO of Lyten.
“Unlike two-dimensional forms of graphene, the production of our tunable Lyten 3D Graphene has been independently verified to be carbon neutral at scale. We are converting greenhouse gases into a new class of high-performance, high-value carbon materials and are incorporating these tuned materials into applications that will decarbonize the hardest to abate sectors on the planet,” continued Cook.
According to Stellantis and Lyten, the necessary raw materials for battery manufacturing have the possibility of being obtained and produced within the North American and European regions, thereby improving regional supply independence and control.
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As the supply of traditional lithium-ion battery materials becomes increasingly limited, this lithium-sulphur alternative will help facilitate the widespread adoption of EVs on a larger scale.
Lyten’s technologies are currently being manufactured at its Silicon Valley campus as an initial stage of production.