California-based technology company OneD Battery Sciences has announced that John Du, Partner, GM Ventures and former Director of General Motors Research and Development, has been appointed to the OneD Battery Sciences board of directors. The appointment follows the conclusion of Series C funding for the California tech company, which GM Ventures participated in.
Du was named Partner, GM Ventures, in May of 2019. Prior to serving at GM Ventures, Du served as Director of General Motors Research and Development at the China Science Lab, which he had led since its founding in 2009. Du was responsible for building the research team and leading the development of intelligent and connected vehicles, batteries, advanced materials, and electrified propulsion systems, and brings more than a decade of experience in investing in frontier technologies in the automotive industry.
“We are thrilled to welcome John to our board. We will no doubt benefit greatly from his guidance and experience in leading many EV sector investments,” said OneD Chairman of the Board ,Todd Carter. “Working with General Motors on the development of Sinanode technologies is a critical step in the mission our team embarked on nine years ago when our investor group acquired the team led by our CTO, Yimin Zhu.”
Late last month, OneD and GM announced the creation of a new joint research development agreement aimed at leveraging OneD’s silicon nanotechnology for future GM Ultium battery cells. It’s believed the new tech has the potential to increase battery cell energy density, which would increase driving range and reduce costs.
OneD also recently concluded Series C funding, closing at $25 million. The funding round, in which GM Ventures was a participant, will be used in the development of the OneD’s Sinanode technology, which increases the amount of silicon for anode battery cells by fusing silicon nanowires into EV-grade graphite.
“It’s an exciting time to collaborate with OneD,” said Du. “I look forward to working with the board to help support the company’s processes and EV battery cell research and development, which aligns with General Motors’ vision of a world of zero emissions, zero crashes, and zero congestion.”
Looking ahead, GM aims to achieve EV production capacity of 1 million units annually in North America by 2025.