PowerGenix Names Robert Kanode Chief Executive Officer

Seasoned executive will drive expansion of nickel-zinc battery technology

San Diego, CA
Sunday, September 1, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Sept. 01, 2013 – PowerGenix, the leading developer of high performance, rechargeable Nickel-Zinc (NiZn) batteries, today announced the appointment of Robert Kanode as chief executive officer. Kanode will have direct responsibility for all operations at PowerGenix, where he will oversee business expansion and drive innovation for the company, which is focused on bringing its advanced NiZn battery technology to the automotive, industrial and back-up power markets. 

Kanode brings extensive experience leading battery technology companies and driving sales. Most recently, he served as president and chief executive officer of Valence Technology, a public company and leader in large-format lithium batteries for automotive and other markets. He has also held  executive leadership positions at Evercel, where he developed large format nickel-zinc batteries, and Varta North America. Kanode holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering management from Auburn University and has served on the board of directors of the Portable Rechargeable Battery Association.

“For three decades, I’ve helped pioneering technologies thrive and make an impact on their industries”, Kanode said. “As automakers seek economical ways to increase fuel efficiency, PowerGenix offers a battery chemistry with the performance and cost advantages capable of moving the needle. The company’s proven and commercialized technology, strong leadership team and experience bringing products to market provide a solid foundation to build on as we continue to advance NiZn technology.”

NiZn batteries are a leading alternative solution for micro- and mild-hybrid vehicles since they offer lower weight, higher energy density and significantly enhanced charge acceptance over their entire service life, leading to sustained fuel economy improvements. PowerGenix recently announced an innovation contract with PSA Peugeot in Europe, and its batteries are currently being tested by several major automotive OEMs globally for use with stop-start systems.

About PowerGenix

PowerGenix has developed and patented a high-power and low-cost Nickel-Zinc battery for hybrid electric vehicles, industrial products and stationary storage applications. PowerGenix Nickel-Zinc batteries outperform lead-acid and nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries in a smaller and lighter ormfactor, and avoid the high cost and safety issues associated with lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries – roviding a highly recyclable, lead-free alternative to existing technologies in the multi-billion dollar rechargeable battery market. For more information, please visit http://www.powergenix.com.