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Sila Nanotechnologies CEO Gene Berdichevsky on the long path to creating a better lithium-ion battery.
The Sunday Times tech correspondent brings on Gene Berdichekvsy, founder of Sila Nanotechnologies, to talk about being the seventh employee at Tesla, making the Roadster’s lithium battery, developing the first new battery technology in 30 years.
Since its foundation in 2011, Sila Nanotechnologies has been developing silicon-based materials to power a new era of lithium-ion batteries. We interviewed Gene Berdichevsky, co-founder and CEO, to find out more.
Germany’s Daimler AG led a $170 million funding round on April 16 for Silicon Valley startup Sila Nanotechnologies, which has developed a silicon-based substitute for the graphite in lithium-ion batteries that the company says will improve their energy capacity by 20%. The materials that Sila is developing will give Daimler’s commitment to electrification a significant boost, since Mercedes-Benz, which it owns, has plans to electrify its whole product suite by 2022.
Sila Nanotechnologies just won another $170 million of venture and corporate funding to develop advanced battery materials that improve power performance of electric vehicles and consumer electronics.