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Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance invests in Enevate to advance Si-dominant Li-ion battery technology for EVs

Alliance Ventures, the strategic venture capital arm of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, has invested in the latest round of funding in Enevate Corporation, an advanced lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology company based in Irvine, California. (Earlier post.)

The investment reflects the capability of Enevate in advanced Li-ion batteries capable of extreme fast charging with high energy density and safety. Enevate’s technology could enable electric vehicles (EVs) to charge in the same time as refueling conventional cars.

Enevate’s HD-Energy Technology for EVs features five-minute fast charging with high energy density and long driving range, with the added capability of low-temperature operation in cold climates, low cost, and safety benefits. This short charging time is superior to any other Li-ion technology available today to meet automotive EV requirements for energy density, range, safety, and cost.

Enevate licenses its silicon-dominant HD-Energy Technology to battery and EV automotive manufacturers and suppliers worldwide to quickly achieve production volume and drive adoption of next-generation features that take EVs to the next level.

Investors in Enevate include Mission Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Tsing Capital, Infinite Potential Technologies, Presidio Ventures – a Sumitomo Corporation company, CEC Capital, Samsung, Lenovo, LG Chem (earlier post), and the Alliance (Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi).

Comments

SJC

Enevate is a very small company who claims to have a silicon anode.

HarveyD

With 12 major investors, Enevate will not remain a very small battery company for too long.

Will it really mass produce very quick charge (5 mins) + quicker/more energy recovery, higher 2X energy density, lower cost (???), safer (???) new generation batteries for future affordable extended range BEVs?

Can it be done by 2025/2030?

yoatmon

It's already being done. A German start-up - Innolith - has installed a grid bank in Maryland, US to buffer renewables (solar and wind) and they seem to be really doing well.

SJC

We heard about Envia who had investors, have not heard about them since. The 5/5/5 battery was suppose to change the world, it did not.

Engineer-Poet

Heh.  I knew that the involvement of LG Chem was a good sign.  They're a huge supplier in the Asia-Pacific region and now half of Japan has just bought in.  Watch out, the countdown is on and liftoff is coming fast.

Also look for batteries for personal electronics.  A 5-minute charge for a laptop or phone is a huge advantage over an hour or more stuck to a cable, and the manufacturers are going to be scrambling over each other to offer it.

Engineer-Poet

NB:  The battery in my current machine is rated at 56 Wh.  A 5-minute charge would require on the order of 700 watts.  This is eminently feasible, though it would probably require 48 V batteries in order to keep the current and cable sizes down to something manageable.

HarveyD

What happened to the Toshiba ultra quick charge battery pouch claimed as a technical revolution a few years ago?

Engineer-Poet

It didn't have LG Chem sign on to make the materials, that's what.

Joeyanggl

Which kind of binders they are using for this silicon-dominant anode electrode?

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