Solid-state batteries are at least 10 years away, says StoreDot – CleanTechnica | CarTailz

CleanTechnica has given plenty of ink (digitally speaking) to StoreDot, the Israeli company recognized as one of the leaders in solid-state battery technology. The company is currently testing batteries that can be charged in just 5 minutes. It has attracted investment from Volvo Cars and Daimler Trucks. It’s a little surprising that StoreDot says in a press release that solid-state batteries are 10 years away from commercial production and that automakers should focus on interim solutions in the meantime.

Solid-state batteries promise inexpensive, fast and safe charging of batteries with high energy densities, the company announced this week. However, they are still a work in progress and face major challenges before they can be manufactured on a large scale. A solid state battery uses solid electrolytes instead of the liquid or polymer gel electrolytes found in current technologies such as lithium ion or lithium polymer batteries.

dr Doron Myersdorf, CEO of StoreDot, said: “It is critical that leading battery developers like StoreDot provide global automakers with a realistic and hype-free roadmap for the adoption of ultra-fast charging battery technologies. For now, despite some optimistic claims from our competitors, all solid-state batteries are at least 10 years away. They are certainly not a silver bullet for every vehicle manufacturer currently developing fast-charging electric vehicle architectures.

“We believe a more practical step is the introduction of semi-solid-state batteries, which we aim to mass produce by 2028. These will be advanced, safe and powerful cells capable of a 100-mile charge in just three minutes. They have the added benefit of requiring a simpler and less demanding manufacturing process than any solid state technology.”

In March of this year, StoreDot unveiled its “100inX” strategic technology roadmap, which included three generations of StoreDot technologies – silicon-dominated XFC, semi-solid-state and all-solid-state. These batteries are said to be capable of adding 100 miles of range in 5 minutes, 100 miles of range in 3 minutes and 100 miles of range in 2 minutes, respectively. The first group of batteries is expected to go into production in 2024, the second group in 2028 and the third group in 2032.

Last month, StoreDot demonstrated the superior performance of its ultra-fast charge battery cell technology by delivering cells that surpassed 1000 cycles in production-ready EV form factor. These cells are now shipped in pouch format to StoreDot’s global automotive OEM partners for rigorous real-world testing. They are expected to allow drivers to increase range by 100 miles for every 5 minutes of charging.

The company revolutionized the traditional lithium-ion battery by designing and synthesizing proprietary organic and inorganic compounds optimized by artificial intelligence algorithms, making it possible to charge an electric vehicle in less than ten minutes – the equivalent of the time that is needed to fuel a typical car with an internal combustion engine.

StoreDot’s strategic investors and partners include Daimler, BP, VinFast, Volvo, Polestar, Ola Electric, Samsung, TDK and its manufacturing partner EVE Energy. By 2024, mass production of its 100-mile-in-5-minute technology is targeted.

Toyota continues to insist on launching cars with solid-state batteries by 2025. Most observers are quite skeptical about these claims. In fact, many believe that if Toyota bases its future viability as a vehicle manufacturer on such claims, it is in deep trouble. In the meantime, we continue to update readers with information on improvements in battery technology, such as Group14’s new silicon anode process, which shows promise.

The upshot is that solid-state batteries with high output and fast charging are a long way off at the moment, but there are still many breakthroughs that are preventing EV advocates from thinking that better batteries are on the way. The world urgently needs small, light and efficient electric vehicles that ordinary people can afford.


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