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QuantumScape partners with 'large' automaker to test battery prototypes

By Reuters

<div> <p> -U.S. battery maker QuantumScape Corp said on Tuesday it had partnered with a large automaker to evaluate prototypes of its solid-state battery cells, sending the Volkswagen AG-backed firm’s shares 11% higher.</p> <p>The deal also includes an option for the automaker to purchase 10-megawatt hours worth of battery capacity from QuantumScape’s pre-pilot production line facility.</p> <p>San Jose-based QuantumScape declined to identify the automaker, but said the company was a “second top ten” automaker by global revenue. (</p> <p>Quantumscape, whose early investors included Bill Gates-backed venture funds, was spun out in 2010 from Stanford University and went public last year in a blank-check merger.</p> <p>It has a joint venture with Volkswagen to produce solid-state battery cells, starting in 2024, for the German automaker’s electric vehicles and eventually for other carmakers.</p> </div>