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Battery technology for EVs receives Frost & Sullivan’s New Product Innovation Award

13 April 2021

StoreDot, a pioneer of extreme fast charging (XFC) battery technology for electric vehicles (EVs), has been named New Product Innovation Leader in the European Rapid Charging Battery Manufacturing Industry by Frost & Sullivan.

The Best Practices award recognises the crucial role of StoreDot’s XFC battery technology in accelerating the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) by overcoming one of the biggest barriers to mainstream adoption – range and charging anxiety. It also underlines Frost & Sullivan’s strong belief that StoreDot, which recently produced the world’s first engineering samples of five-minute charge batteries and has the backing of strategic partners BP, Daimler, Samsung Ventures, and TDK, has the necessary building blocks in place to achieve rapid commercialisation. 

Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices awards seek to recognise individuals or companies that have accomplished an innovative or disruptive breakthrough in their field. StoreDot received the award for its FlashBattery XFC technology that can charge an EV in just five minutes, the same time it takes to refuel a conventional combustion engine vehicle, and delivers a driving range of up to 300 miles. This breakthrough is achieved by replacing graphite in the cell’s anode with metalloid nano-particles and proprietary organic compounds to overcome major safety issues, battery cycle life, and swelling during the charging process. In particular, Frost & Sullivan analysts noted FlashBattery’s unique ability to eliminate issues such as plating, thermal fluctuations, and unstable charging. 

StoreDot’s XFC battery was benchmarked against competing products on several attributes (match to market needs, reliability, quality, positioning, and design) and its customer impact (brand equity). StoreDot achieved close to full marks in both categories, which was accredited to FlashBattery being a “one-stop-shop solution that offers a safe fast charging solution at a competitive price, and has the backing of their strong industry partnerships with OEMs, manufacturers, and energy providers”.

Vijay Wilfred, Senior Research Analyst, TechVision, at Frost & Sullivan, says: “Batteries are one of the primary technologies when it comes to EV integration, and although lithium-ion batteries have substantially transformed the industry, these systems require long charging times and are unable to keep that charge. StoreDot’s technology is a significant step up, and with its outstanding performance in both categories, the company was a step ahead of its competition. With its strong R&D team, we can see that it will be able to achieve rapid commercialisation through mass production."

StoreDot’s R&D team consists of more than 100 scientists, including 34 PHDs, who “continuously strive to achieve disruptive developments in FlashBattery technology”, says Frost & Sullivan. In addition, it states that StoreDot’s strong and diverse patent portfolio, consisting of 82 global patents, provides a significant competitive advantage in the fast-growing rapid charging battery market.

In January of this year, StoreDot achieved a world first when it launched engineering samples of its first-generation battery technology manufactured on standard lithium-ion production lines. This removes a significant barrier to achieving full commercialisation of StoreDot’s XFC technology by eliminating the need for manufacturing partners to invest in costly bespoke manufacturing equipment. 

Frost & Sullivan noted that another indicator of StoreDot’s ability to flourish commercially is its focus on meeting the needs of the future EV industry with its second- and third-generation technologies. StoreDot’s second-generation battery, which will be launched as a prototype later in 2021, comprises a silicon-dominant anode and will bring the price of XFC technology much closer to that of standard lithium-ion batteries. Looking further ahead, its third-generation cells will use a hybrid form of solid-state technologies to deliver extreme energy density (XED) as an evolution to XFC, thus continuously improving the EV driving experience by delivering more miles per minute of charging. 

Dr. Doron Myersdorf, CEO and Cofounder of StoreDot, says: “We are delighted to receive this award, which is testament to the vision and hard work of StoreDot’s qualified team of scientists together with our partners. The world is facing a mounting environmental crisis and making a rapid transition to EVs will play a crucial role in helping our planet. However, achieving that goal is only possible with the availability of a true and proven new battery technology.

“Today, there are still cynics that believe that XFC is not possible. Yet, we proved time and again that it is very real. First in 2019, when we partnered with BP to demonstrate the world’s first live charge of a two-wheeled EV, and more recently with the launch of our first-generation engineering samples. This award from industry experts provides a further proof point that not only is XFC possible, it is also commercially viable and ready to scale for mass production.”

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