Volvo enters the race for faster top-ups with its investment in StoreDot

Until now, using the fastest chargers available, it is possible to recharge an electric car battery in about half an hour. But the battle to lower those load times continues. One of the companies involved in that fight is StoreDotan Israeli startup that from now on will have with the support of Volvo.

Through its Tech Fund, the Nordic firm invests in this company in order to promote and collaborate in the development of its own battery technology, which promises recover up to 160 km of autonomy in just five minutes.

A reinterpretation of the solid state

StoreDot batteries
Imagen: StoreDot

StoreDot’s approach is based on the well-known solid state batteries which, due to their greater efficiency and more stable chemistry, are considered the future option for the electric automotive industry.

Based on this concept, the Israeli company proposes to replace the lithium foil (which acts as an anode) with a layer of organic material based on silicon and endowed with active nanoparticles. These nanoparticles accelerate the passage of ions, resulting in faster and more stable battery charging.

In practice, the collaboration between Volvo and StoreDot will take place through the ‘joint venture’ that the Swedish brand maintains with the battery manufacturer Northvolt. Announced in 2021, this partnership includes the creation of a development and production center which will be located in Gothenburg.

As for StoreDot, they hope that the investment made by Volvo will allow them to accelerate their plans, with the intention of starting mass production and commercialize its batteries in 2024.

Thus, the roadmap of this startup is similar to the one that some big car manufacturers have been imposed to make this technology a reality. A good example is Stellantis, who earlier this year announced the introduction of their own solid battery for 2026.

Source: MotorpasiĆ³n by

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