In 2016, LG Chem and Sion Power announced a partnership to develop and produce high energy density battery cells. The goal was to achieve EV batteries with high energy density (700 Wh/L and 400 Wh/kg), but we haven’t received any updates until now.
Today, Tracy Kelley, Chief Executive Officer of Sion Power announced the following:
“Over the last decade Sion Power, and our research partner BASF, have strategically focused on meticulous research and development of a next generation lithium battery. The result of our team’s efforts will be seen in a safe lithium metal battery that is in a class by itself. We are on track to deliver product to a select group of partners by the end of 2018.”
EON adds more:
“Sion Power, a leading developer of lithium battery technology, announced today production will begin on their patented Licerion rechargeable lithium metal battery in late 2018 from its Tucson facility. The Licerion rechargeable lithium metal technology will offer the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and electric vehicle (EV) markets an unparalleled 500 Wh/kg, 1,000 Wh/L, and 450 cycles when released.”
It seems that there was a good reason to delay initial production plans for almost a year. The new battery cell specifications are even better than before.