Volvo Cars invests in EV battery tech firm StoreDot
Volvo Cars have invested StoreDot, an Israeli company developing extreme-fast charging battery technology for electric cars, through its venture capital arm – Volvo Cars Tech Fund.
StoreDot is working on a pioneering technology that, according to the company, should result in batteries that can charge to 160 kms of pure electric driving range in just five minutes. The latest investment allows Volvo Cars to collaborate closely with StoreDot on exciting new battery technology, as it aims to become a pure electric car company by 2030.
On the other hand, by working together with Volvo Cars, StoreDot aims to accelerate the time to market for the technology and target mass production of its systems by 2024. Volvo Cars are the first premium carmaker to invest in StoreDot.
The collaboration between both companies will mainly take place within the battery technology joint venture that Volvo Cars established last year with Northvolt, the Swedish leading battery maker. Through its investment in StoreDot, Volvo Cars have secured access to any resulting technology from the collaboration.
"We aim to be the fastest transformer in our industry and the Tech Fund plays a crucial role in establishing partnerships with future technology leaders," said Alexander Petrofski, head of the Volvo Cars Tech Fund.
"Our investment in StoreDot perfectly fits that mindset and their commitment to electrification and carbon-free mobility matches our own. We're excited to make this a successful collaboration for both parties and work towards bringing this groundbreaking technology to the market", he added.
StoreDot's pioneering battery development is centered around a unique silicon-dominant anode technology and related software integration. It aims to develop extreme-fast charging battery technology, which closely aligns with Volvo Cars' ambition to develop electric cars with a longer range, quicker charging, and lower costs.
Volvo Cars were the first established car maker to commit to all-out electrification and aim to sell only pure electric cars by 2030. Already by 2025, it aims for half of its global volume to consist of pure electric cars.
Its joint venture with Northvolt, announced last year, will focus on both the development and manufacturing of state-of-the-art battery cells, specifically developed and tailor-made for use in next-generation pure electric Volvo and Polestar cars.