Sila Nano joins BMW to develop next-gen lithium-ion batteries

By Dave Leggett | 23 March 2018

Sila Nanotechnologies ('Sila Nano'), a specialist in materials technologies for batteries, has announced a partnership with the BMW Group.

Sila Nano's team is focused on developing and commercialising the next generation of battery materials. Their first products are a family of silicon-dominant anode materials that replace conventional graphite electrodes. BMW says these materials work today and enable high cycle life, ultra-low swelling, and high energy density in next generation battery cells. Sila Nano's materials drop into the existing battery manufacturing process, and can be manufactured economically at scale.

To accelerate development, BMW says it has been working throughout its long-term partnership with Sila Nano to develop Sila Nano's silicon anode material for the automotive market. In this effort, the companies are working together to apply Sila Nano's breakthrough technology to achieve the performance and industrialisation required for high-performance electric cars.

"At Sila we deliver the next generation of battery materials, which enable improved energy storage, require no change to battery manufacturing, and scale economically with mass production," Gene Berdichevsky, CEO of Sila Nano said. "These innovations will introduce a new performance standard for electric vehicles in the early 2020s."

Sila Nano is growing rapidly and expanding its teams at the San Francisco Bay Area HQ, at additional manufacturing locations, and in Europe and Asia, to support a wide range of customers and partners in the automotive and consumer markets.