OneD Battery Sciences and Customcells have entered into a strategic, project-based partnership. The companies have agreed to optimize, manufacture, and deliver BEV prototype cells to a global automotive manufacturer in an initial joint project.
“The cooperation with OneD is another important step for Customcells on its way to becoming a global player. Customized premium battery cells are the key to sustainable mobility,” said Dr. Dirk Abendroth, CEO Customcells.
Currently, most electric vehicles are either too expensive for the broad mass of customers or their range is too limited. The reasons for this are the limited energy density and the high cost of batteries.
OneD Battery Sciences aims to remove these two hurdles to e-mobility with its SINANODE technology. Silicon added to battery anodes is the key, as ithas been a promising material that can hold ten times as many ions per weight as graphite. However, experiments with silicon have long been beset with technical problems. This said, OneD’s multi-patented developments eliminate these problems, culminating today in the SINANODE technology. It stands for a graphite-silicon composite anode. These anodes allow a fourfold increase in charging speed while simultaneously reducing the cost of e-car batteries.
As a result, smaller and less expensive batteries will be possible, leading to more affordable electric cars with greater range and faster charging capabilities. Only with these cars will a glaring gap in the BEV model portfolio be closed.
Customcells is now supporting OneD in the industrialization of cells with SINANODE technology on a large scale. Together, OneD and Customcells will produce prototype cells for a globally represented renowned automotive manufacturer. OneD will leverage Customcells’ development expertise and extensive experience for an automotive application.
“OneD’s goal has always been to make silicon a viable material for a new era of electric vehicles. We believe that the winners of the electric vehicle race will be those who can effectively add more silicon to the battery cell at a low cost without disrupting existing supply chains and processes,” said Yimin Zhu, CTO of OneD Battery Sciences. “We look forward to working with Customcells with a great deal of enthusiasm. This partnership will allow us to further accelerate the adoption of low-cost electric vehicles.“