QuantumScape, a developer of solid-state lithium-metal batteries for use in electric vehicles (EV) has expanded into the Asia-Pacific region with an office in Kyoto, Japan. The new property will feature a laboratory for battery R&D, said the US-based company.
QuantumScape said it is developing solid-state lithium-metal battery technology that is designed to deliver a combination of high energy density, or driving range, coupled with fast charging capabilities that are difficult to achieve with conventional lithium-ion battery chemistries. The company said it has a close partnership with Volkswagen Group and has established agreements with two other major global automakers.
“For decades, Japan has maintained a worldwide reputation for excellence in battery science, development and manufacturing,” said Jagdeep Singh, CEO and co-founder of QuantumScape. “Local access to some of the most experienced battery scientists and collaboration with leading suppliers and research institutes, combined with the growing demand for battery electric vehicles throughout Asian markets, are compelling reasons for QuantumScape to open our first office in Japan.”
Headquartered in San Jose, California, QuantumScape said it has worked with automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and tools and materials suppliers across the Asia-Pacific region for several years. As the company’s first regional footprint, the office will serve core functions, including materials and equipment evaluation and improving collaboration with regional partners.
QuantumScape said it has started building a team of engineers and scientists and is actively hiring for a number of open positions. The R&D center is located in the Kyoto Research Park in Kyoto. The labs are expected to be operational later this year.