Nano-composite silicon could mean 10-minute EV charge times

Nano-composite silicon could mean 10-minute EV charge times

Sila says the high-performance anode material also promises a 20% EV range boost.

Sila has announced the availability of its high-performance nano-composite silicon (NCS) anode, Titan Silicon, which the company says is a safe and clean full graphite anode replacement engineered for mass scale to boost EV performance and address key consumer pain points.

The company claims Titan Silicon can deliver a 20% increase in EV range, with a development runway to double those gains in future releases. Titan Silicon can also improve battery charging times by charging a battery from 10% to 80% in 20 minutes even in cases when charge time is currently as long as 60 minutes, and future releases will reduce that time to approximately 10 minutes, the company says.

Sila adds that Titan Silicon achieves these gains “without sacrificing cycle life or safety while maintaining low swell, comparable to graphite anodes,” adding that with Titan Silicon, automakers can benefit from up to a 15% reduction in battery weight and 20% increase in space.

Sila says it has optimized its high-performance nano-composite silicon for mass production, which is scheduled to come online in the second half of 2024 in Sila’s facility in Moses Lake, Washington. Sila plans to manufacture enough material to power one million EVs in the next five years.

The company listed additional key features of Titan Silicon, which include:

  • Drop-in solution: The company says Titan Silicon anode is 100% compatible with any cell form factor (e.g., cylindrical, pouch, and prismatic) and any gigafactory.
  • Full or partial replacement: The company says Sila offers the choice of full or partial graphite replacement based on an automaker’s or cell manufacturer’s performance goals and product roadmaps.
  • Mass produced: The company says Titan Silicon solutions are manufactured in the U.S. to automotive quality standards. Sila is also ISO 9001:2015 certified.
  • Syncs with existing supply chain: The company says Titan Silicon can work with any co-product, which eliminates the need to change partners or operations.
  • Lower CO2 footprint vs. graphite: The company says Titan Silicon generates 50-75% less CO2 per kWh than graphite during production.

You May Also Like

Evergreen Waste Services orders five Mack LR Electric models

Evergreen Waste, based out of Hockessin, DE, put the LR Electric into service on May 4, and began everyday service on May 13.

Mac-Trucks-Evergreen-Waste-Services

Evergreen Waste Services recently took delivery of the first of five ordered Mack LR Elrctric models, making its battery-electric vehicle (BEV) the first fully electric Class 8 refuse vehicle in operation in Delaware. Evergreen Waste Services also said it plans to use bi-directional charging to charge the LR Electric battery during off-peak hours and push power back to the power grid during peak hours. Mack made the announcement during WasteExpo 2024, May 6-9, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV.

Volvo Cars: 64% of Canadians eyeing electrified vehicles for next purchase

However, 76% of those not open to purchasing an EV say it’s too expensive, and 64% feel the environmental benefits of EVs are over-hyped.

Tesla-Model-S-Plaid-Record 1400
BorgWarner announces additional eMotor business

The company says its HVH220 eMotor offers high power and torque density, enhanced efficiency and durability.

BorgWarner-contracts
New Way Trucks, Hyzon showcase hydrogen FCEV refuse truck

This debut in the U.S. market follows February’s announcement of a joint development agreement between New Way and Hyzon.

Hyzon-New-Way-Trucks-refuse
Kia America breaks all-time monthly EV sales record in April

Three Kia utility vehicles each delivered the best April sales in their respective histories

kia_EV9_2024

Other Posts

Element 25 secures U.S. site for HPMSM refinery

The agreement includes terms for E25 to acquire the land, and to establish essential utility and service agreements.

EV-Battery-I-Car 1400
Automotive, mining sectors meet for battery EV conference

The 2024 BEV In-Depth conference explores the EV battery supply chain and zero-emission vehicle advancements.

BEV-conference
Natron Energy begins commercial-scale production of sodium-ion batteries

Natron has invested over $40 million to upgrade the facility and convert existing lithium-ion battery manufacturing lines to sodium-ion battery production.

Natron-Energy-MI-facility
TIA’s EV Advisory Council tours Midtronics HQ

The agenda included a council meeting, a facility tour and a demonstration led by the Midtronics EV platform team.

TIA-Midtronics-tour