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StoreDot appoints former BP Ventures’ global head as its new chairman

Mon, 03/22/2021 - 11:15 -- paul Crompton

Israeli fast charging lithium-ion battery developer StoreDot has appointed David Gilmour as its executive chairman.

Gilmour (pictured) has served on StoreDot’s board of directors since 2018. He is the former vice president of Business Development at BP and the former global head of BP Ventures. 

He is replaced as BP’s representative on StoreDot’s board by Dr. Jon Salkeld, who is head of Scientific Innovations, Strategic University and External Partnerships at the company.

Both appointments are effective immediately. 

Gilmour will work alongside StoreDot’s executive team, and play a central role in the firm’s commercialisation strategy, as the company moves closer to bringing its fast charge batteries to market. 

Gilmour said: “The rapid rise in EV sales, during what was a very challenging 2020, provided yet another signal of consumers’ growing confidence, and indeed excitement, around electric mobility. 

“However, there are still major barriers to overcome before our vision of a fully-electric future can be realised; amongst them, the need to bring EV charging times in line with refuelling times for conventional combustion engine vehicles. 

“As chairman, my priority is to help StoreDot to achieve its mission to eliminate EV range and charging anxiety by aligning its strategy with the wider EV ecosystem.”

StoreDot’s fast charge FlashBattery XFC technology replaces graphite in the cell’s anode with metalloid nano-particles to overcome issues in safety, battery cycle life and swelling during the charging process. 

In 2019, StoreDot— in partnership with BP— demonstrated the full charge of a 0.75kWh e-Scooter battery in five minutes and 24seconds.

In January 2021, it launched engineering samples of its first-generation battery technology. It is now planning to release a cell prototype of its second-generation EV battery— which is based on a silicon-dominant anode— later this year. 

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