Daimler Teams Up with Sila Nano Developping Next Generation Lithium-ion Battery Materials

Daimler und Sila Nanotechnologies schließen Kooperation und arbeiten an neuen Batteriematerialien.
Daimler Teams Up with Sila Nanotechnologies on Next Generation Lithium-ion Battery Materials.

Daimler has acquired a minority equity stake in U.S. battery material specialist Sila Nanotechnologies as part of its R&D activities. With its latest developments Sila Nano sets a new standard for battery performance, harnessing the potential of silicon to enable high-energy density batteries.

Along with the acquisition of the equity stake Daimler will get a seat in the Board of Directors of Sila Nano. The investment forms part of the latest round of financing, which was led by Daimler. 

Improvements to traditional Li-Ion battery chemistry have reached their limits and Sila Nano’s cross-disciplinary team of scientists and engineers have pushed forward the development of the next generation of battery chemistry, harnessing the power of silicon to be safe, robust, and scalable for mass production. 

The company, headquartered in Alameda, California, replaces conventional graphite electrodes entirely with its proprietary silicon-dominant composite materials that enable high energy density and high cycle life, which translates to more powerful, longer-range and enduring sources of power for electric vehicles. These materials easily drop into existing Li-ion factories, making it possible to deploy efficiently and at scale.