Daimler-Backed Battery Startup Raises Funds, Hires Tesla Veteran


The $45 million investment from Canada Pension Plan Investment Board brings the company’s total funding to $340 million, including an earlier contribution from Daimler AG. Daimler and BMW are automotive partners.

Sila is working to improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries, the key component of electric cars. Measured as kilowatt hours per kilogram or liter, energy density determines range: The more watt hours you have, the more miles the car can travel on a single charge. Low-cost, high-energy-density batteries are the holy grail.

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