On top of investing cash, Dyson will jointly commercialize the cells with Sakti3 and use them in products like an upcoming cordless vacuum clearner. James Dyson said that "Sakti3 has achieved leaps in performance which current battery technology simply can't." Sakti3 also claims that its tech could bring rechargeable batteries down to $100/kWh in price, doubling your smartphone life and enabling a 300-mile, $25,000 electric car -- the holy Grail of EVs.
Sakti3 has achieved leaps in performance which current battery technology simply can't.
Before that happens, however, there's still a lot of questions and work ahead. Sakti3 has been cagey about details of its tech, and the claims around energy density and cost have never been independently confirmed. Other questions about recharging cycles and other specs linger, and investors and consumers alike are rightly suspicious of battery research claims after notable failures like A123. But Dyson and his R&D chief say that after spending three months with Satki3 CEO Anne-Marie Sastry, they came away convinced that the tech is "world-beating." That said, it'll be at least a few years before it arrives in any Dyson products, and several more after that before you see any Sakti3-powered EVs.
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