BP invests in Israeli battery startup StoreDot

BP has invested $20 million in Israel’s StoreDot, a start-up which claims its batteries can charge electrics cars in a few minutes.

The oil giant said Tuesday which its venture capital arm BP Ventures was investing within the Tel Aviv-based firm as the idea looks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its operations.

“Ultra-fast charging is usually at the heart of BP’s electrification strategy,” Tufan Erginbilgic, chief executive of BP’s downstream business, said in a statement on Tuesday. “StoreDot’s technology shows real potential for car batteries which can charge within the same time the idea takes to fill a gas tank.”

Daimler’s trucking unit led a $60 million investment in StoreDot in September last year. StoreDot claims the batteries are eco-friendly as well as can allow an electric vehicle to travel for more than 300 miles after a full charge.

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