Israeli firm StoreDot has today announced the availability of the first generation of five-minute charge lithium-ion battery samples.
The company has hailed the launch as a “significant milestone” in its mission to eliminate the “range and charging anxiety” currently surrounding the use of electric vehicles (EVs).
It also claimed the move demonstrates the commercial viability of extreme fast charging batteries for the first time.
StoreDot is releasing the first production batch of sample cells, which is targeted at showcasing the technology to potential EV and industry partners.
The battery was used to demonstrate the full charge of a two-wheeled EV in just five minutes.
Ddevelopers claim it can offer ultra-fast charging to a number of other industries, such as commercial drones and consumer electronics.
The sample cells were produced by EVE Energy, StoreDot’s strategic partner in China.
Unlike competing technologies, which require significant capital expenditure in bespoke manufacturing equipment, StoreDot said its fast charging batteries are designed to be produced on existing production lines.
Dr. Doron Myersdorf, CEO of StoreDot, said: “StoreDot continues to go from strength to strength as we get one step closer to making our vision of 5-minute charging of EVs a commercial reality.
“Our team of top scientists has overcome inherent challenges of XFC such as safety, cycle life and swelling by harnessing innovative materials and cell design.
“Today’s announcement marks an important milestone, moving XFC for the first time beyond innovation in the lab to a commercially-viable product that is scalable for mass production.
“This paves the way for the launch of our second-generation, silicon-dominant anode prototype battery for electric vehicles later this year.”