The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) traces its heritage to 1871. Today its mission is to, “inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community, supporting technology innovation to meet the needs of society.” E&T (Engineering and Technology) is the IET’s award-winning monthly magazine and associated website for professional engineers. E&T recently published an article by Holly Cave titled, “Charging ahead: the bid for better EV batteries.” The article’s premise

If this is the first post you’ve read in this series, BUILDING A BETTER BATTERY, you may want to take a look at Parts One, Two, Three, and Four for complete context. A Better Business Model Enovix was conceived with a conviction that building a better battery involves more than just technology; it requires a new business model with ownership of intellectual property (IP) and direct production control. Since 2012,

If this is the first post you’ve read in this series, BUILDING A BETTER BATTERY, you may want to take a look at Parts One, Two and Three for complete context. In the prior post, I outlined the Enovix co-founders’ vision for building a better battery. It’s differs from that of many other battery startups in several aspects. First, rather than pursue a novel chemistry, Enovix sought to unlock the

BUILDING A BETTER BATTERY is a series that started in response to a reader’s comment about the length of time it’s taking to commercialize our 3D Silicon™ Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery. Part One benchmarked the most recent battery breakthrough, and presented an explanation as to why there has been no significant advancement in battery performance over the past quarter-century. Part Two benchmarked product breakthroughs essential to modern mobility—ICs, LEDs and LCDs—that

This series started in response to a reader’s comment about the length of time it’s taking to commercialize our 3D Silicon™ Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery (Enovix was founded in 2007). Part One described Sony’s 12-year pursuit to develop and commercialize a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery in 1991. It also presented an explanation as to why there has been no significant advancement in battery performance over the past quarter-century. The second post in

I’m going to deviate from the series I began with my last post to address the timely topic of battery safety. I’ll return to why it’s taking so long to build a better battery next week. Last week Consumer Reports published an online article about Samsung Note 7 smartphones catching fire while charging. Over the Labor Day weekend, major media, including The Wall Street Journal, reported that “Samsung Electronics is

One of my favorite PBS series (by way of BBC) is Connections, written and presented by James Burke in 1979. Connections explores an “Alternate View of Change,” the subtitle of the series. Rather than a linear path guided by logic and the scientific method, technological progress is often the result of interconnected events driven by other individual or group motivations (e.g., profit, convenience, curiosity). The series illustrates how the interplay

Steve LeVine is the Washington, DC correspondent for Quartz. He writes about the intersection of energy, technology and geopolitics. In 2015, he published “The Powerhouse: Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save the World,” about the geopolitics of lithium-ion batteries. He closely follows and reports on advanced battery development, especially for electric vehicles. Last week Steve published an online article, “We are racing towards an electric-car future. Can battery