Former Panasonic Executive Director joins South 8 Advisory Board – July 2021

South 8 Technologies is pleased to announce the appointment of a new advisory board member – Mr. Hakan Kostepen (BSEE, MSEE, MSA and MIT Sloan Business School – Strategy & Innovation Executive Program Graduate).

Mr. Hakan Kostepen has great experience in emerging battery technologies with Panasonic and currently with h&k Ventures thru Silicon Valley and global relationships.  After serving sixteen years at Panasonic Automotive Systems and spending a year in Japan on a special project and then founding the Panasonic Automotive Systems Silicon Valley Center, Mr. Kostepen has a wide range of business & technology development engagements in Silicon Valley and globally with battery technologies.  Prior to Panasonic, Hakan was an Advanced Product Development & Engineering Manager at Ford Motor Company and launched many Advanced Vehicle Systems at Ford Motor Company in US and EU and Jaguar Cars in UK.

“We are very happy to welcome Hakan to our group of talented, experienced leaders to advise our company through future phases of growth,” said Cyrus Rustomji, CEO of South 8 Technologies. “Their combined expertise in key areas, such as technology, business and customer relations, will play a valuable role in guiding strategic decisions and broadening our client relationships.

About South 8 Technologies

South 8 Technologies, Inc. has developed a novel Liquefied Gas Electrolyte (LiGas™) chemistry for next-generation lithium batteries. In contrast to conventional liquid electrolytes which are a catalyst for thermal runaway, the non-toxic LiGas safely and quickly vent from the cell upon a fault condition, allowing the cell to shut down without thermal runaway or heat propagation to neighboring cells.   LiGas electrolytes exhibit exceptionally high conductivity at low temperatures and will continue to perform well at temperatures as low as -60 °C.