According to the Israeli StoreDot, the superlative of fast charging is extremely fast charging. The new company is working on XFC batteries. The abbreviation stands for Extreme Fast Charging. The goal is that next year you can recharge no less than 160 kilometers (or 100 miles) within five minutes. In 2032, the batteries should be able to charge up to 160 kilometers within two minutes.
The goal of StoreDot is to remove the need for large batteries. Reducing the batteries from 80 to 50 kWh will make electric cars about 4,000 euros cheaper and also 200 kilos lighter. And because they are lighter, they consume less power. And of course, smaller battery packs cost less raw materials.
The Secret of StoreDot’s Batteries
The battery’s secret weapon is silicon. StoreDot makes the battery anodes from this material instead of carbon. The silicon is easier to obtain, lighter and more environmentally friendly. Silicon anodes are also a lot more efficient.
The big boss of StoreDot is Doron Myersdorf. He says automakers used large battery packs to persuade people with “range anxiety” to go electric. ‘Those drivers, and everyone who is now an EV proponent, realizes that range anxiety is no longer a pain point. It is no longer a problem when the charging infrastructure around the world is well organized,” says Myersdorf.
He continues: “Radically reduced charging times will make automakers rethink how they deal with battery size and range. When charging times are no longer a problem, it makes much more sense to use smaller battery packs.’ In addition, there are fewer harmful substances to recycle at the end of the journey.
Not yet known which cars
Fifteen major car manufacturers are currently testing with StoreDot batteries. The batteries will therefore be ready for mass production next year, but it is not yet known which car manufacturers want to use the batteries. We do know that Porsche invested 400 million dollars in Group14, a partner of StoreDot, last year.