Group14 Technologies in lithium-silicon batteries partnership with InoBat Auto

by Michael Green
Group14 CEO and co-founder Rick Luebbe: 'Sustainable EV adoption will hinge on energy storage breakthroughs.' Photo: Rick Luebbe/Twitter
Lithium-silicon battery materials manufacturer Group14 Technologies is to partner Slovakian battery developer, InoBat Auto, to custom manufacture high energy density batteries for the automotive market.

Group14 said the initiative aims to make major inroads into the auto applications supply chain, as car manufacturers ramp up their production of all-electric models.

US-based Group14 said it has the capacity to produce 120 tons of its patented SCC55TM anode technology each year at its first domestic battery active materials factory in Woodinville, Washington.
The majority of the factory’s current production capacity has been earmarked for the company’s consumer electronics customers – but the site also provides "EV-sized batches of materials” to auto-focused customers as part of the qualification process.

'Taking a leap'

Group14 CEO and co-founder Rick Luebbe said: "In order to truly enable the electrification of everything, successful and sustainable EV adoption will hinge on energy storage breakthroughs. With this partnership with InoBat, we are taking a leap to enable automotive OEMs to meet and exceed cost-parity, all while delivering unparalleled performance and mitigating carbon emissions on a global scale.”

The partnership with InoBat comes on the heels of a joint venture agreement between Group14 and SK materials to launch a factory in South Korea for "dual sourcing” of Group14’s technology.

Earlier this year, InoBat said it was investing €1.2m (£1m) in EV charging start-up and fellow Slovakian company, AgeVolt, to boost development of smart EV charging and intelligent energy management systems and allow AgeVolt to expand into European markets.

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