StoreDot opens R&D centre in California

Graeme Roberts October 21, 2021 (Last Updated October 21st, 2021 13:39)

Battery tech developer wants to harness the US west coast talent pool.

StoreDot opens R&D centre in California
StoreDot CEO Doron Myersdorf

StoreDot, which claims to be a pioneer of extreme fast charging (XFC) technology for electric vehicles, said it was continuing its global expansion and the development of future solid-state batteries with the opening of an R&D innovation hub in California.

The new US innovation hub was being established to provide automotive battery technology which will significantly enhance electrified vehicle ownership by eradicating range anxiety.

It will work alongside StoreDot’s Israel-based R&D headquarters, enabling its claimed revolutionary XFC automotive battery technology to be mass produced by 2024.

It will also immediately commence research into next generation extreme energy density (XED) solid state capability and materials, with the aim of scaling-up this advanced technology for mass production by 2028.

Doron Myersdorf, StoreDot CEO, said: “This new US R&D innovation hub signals that our business is rapidly expanding, as we are scaling up our extreme fast charging technology. Establishing a facility in California will allow us to harness the world-class talent pool that’s available there, with many people and organisations 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 centres have captive capacity, redressing the current imbalance in favor of Asian manufacturers and making batteries where electric vehicles are made.

“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.”

StoreDot said it was now in advanced discussions “with many of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers” and was already shipping samples for real world testing.