The value of venture capital (VC) deals in advanced batteries shot up by 850% year-on-year (YoY) in 2021 with focus on lithium chemistries, according to GlobalData, a data and analytics company.
Big deals from VC investors are pushing forward the advanced batteries funding to a new high. The major focus of such deals is primarily to accelerate the commercialization of lithium-powered batteries that exhibit high energy density, superior performance, increased safety, and are cost-effective.—Prasad Kakade, Senior Disruptive Tech Analyst at GlobalData
GlobalData’s latest FutureTech series report, “Performance Meets Sustainability – Can Advanced Batteries Facilitate Energy Transition?”, highlights various lithium-based battery startups looking to accelerate the adoption of EVs.
China-based SVOLT manufactures lithium-ion batteries for EVs and energy storage. In December 2021, it received $930 million from Sichuan Energy Investment, Han’s Laser Technology, and others to expand the production facilities and R&D centers for its energy-dense and safe lithium iron phosphate batteries.
US-based SES (formerly SolidEnergy Systems) produces energy-dense and cost-efficient lithium-metal batteries to power the future of EVs and electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOLs). In April 2021, the company raised $139 million in a Series D funding round with participation led by the VC arm of General Motors and other investors including Shanghai Auto, Temasek, Applied Ventures, and Vertex. In July 2021, the company went public via a merger with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Ivanhoe Capital.
US-based Solid Power develops all-solid-state cost-efficient rechargeable lithium batteries catering to various electromobility segments. In May 2021, the company raised $130 million in an investment round led by the VC arms of BMW and Ford along with Volta Energy Technologies. The financing was used to increase the production of its high-performance lithium-ion batteries and expand in-house manufacturing capabilities for future vehicle integration.