About us

Founded in 2015 in California, Cuberg is commercializing a breakthrough battery technology for the electric mobility industry that delivers a generational improvement in performance while fully leveraging standard manufacturing processes.

In 2021, Cuberg was acquired by Northvolt, a supplier of sustainable, high-quality battery cells and systems, headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. Northvolt’s U.S. operations, led by Cuberg, will continue to develop next-generation battery cells for the electromobility market with better performance, increased safety, and competitive pricing.

Enabling electric mobility: from vision to reality

  • Richard Wang

    Founder and CEO at Cuberg, CEO at Northvolt America

    Richard leads strategic planning, fundraising, external partnerships, and technology development at the company and is passionate about building the future of clean energy. While at Cuberg, Richard successfully raised $16M in private investment and grant funding from Northvolt, Boeing, the California Energy Commission, the Department of Energy, and others. Richard graduated with his PhD in materials science & engineering from Stanford in 2016, where his research with Prof. Yi Cui was supported by the NDSEG and NSF graduate research fellowships. He graduated with a BS in mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 2011 and was selected for the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Energy in 2017. Richard led Cuberg to a successful acquisition by Northvolt in 2021 five years after spinning out the company from Stanford.

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  • Reza Nikfar

    Chief Operating Officer at Cuberg & Northvolt America

    Reza is responsibile for operations, global sales and supply chain. He brings a wealth of expertise with 25 years of experience managing global manufacturing, renewable energy, and corporate development projects throughout North America, Asia and Europe. Prior to joining Cuberg, Reza founded private consulting firm RFA Consulting in 2011 and has worked with over 15 companies across manufacturing, software development and professional services, spearheading several initiatives that have propelled them to 40% average compound annual growth. Reza served as VP/GM of Seagate Technologies in US/Singapore from 1998-2009 and later served as VP/CEO of Twincreeks Technologies in US/Malaysia from 2009 - 2011 where he was responsible for all aspects of worldwide operations. Reza graduated from San Jose State University with a BS in Industrial Technology.

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Our values


A shared vision for clean transportation through massive deployment of next-generation batteries


Multiplying our impact by pursuing innovation while staying grounded and relentlessly efficient


Elevating our shared values, trusting our colleagues, and keeping each other’s best interests at heart


Building greater trust in every engagement by being accountable to each other and to our customers


Forever learning, respecting each other, and embracing diversity in our midst

Cuberg's journey

  1. April 2015 | Company Founding

    Cuberg launches at Stanford with a vision to develop advanced batteries and ultimately partner with a manufacturer to supply the electric mobility industry.

  2. May 2016 | Cyclotron Road

    Cuberg joins the prestigious Activate Fellowship at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and moves into its first lab in Berkeley, CA.

  3. August 2016 | Lithion Power Group

    Cuberg signs a product development agreement with Lithion and pivots from a solid-state battery concept to a focus on advanced liquid electrolytes for lithium metal batteries.

  4. January 2018 | Seed Investment

    Cuberg closes its seed funding round led by Boeing HorizonX Ventures to develop lightweight and safe batteries for electric aviation.

  5. June 2018 | World Materials Forum

    Richard Wang meets Peter Carlsson, Northvolt CEO, at the World Materials Forum in France to explore a manufacturing partnership.

  6. August 2018 | Pilot Production

    Cuberg expands into 7,000 sf of labs and offices in Emeryville, CA and begins developing its pilot production capabilities.

  7. March 2019 | Lithium Metal Battery Flight

    Cuberg flies the world's first quadcopter powered by its safe lithium metal battery and demonstrates a 70% increase in flight time.

  8. February 2020 | Cuberg Signs With Northvolt

    Cuberg and Northvolt sign a term sheet outlining the principles for Northvolt to acquire Cuberg.

  9. June 2020 | US DOE Validation

    Cuberg receives independent validation from the US DOE proving the performance and cycle life of its lithium metal cells.

  10. March 2021 | Northvolt Acquisition

    Cuberg completes its merger with Northvolt. Together, the companies will scale up Cuberg’s technology to power the next generation of electric vehicles.


  • 2021
  • 2020
    Phase II Grantee
  • 2019
    U.S. Dept. of Energy SBIR
    Phase II Grantee
    Phase I Grantee
    CEC EPIC Production Scale-Up
  • 2018
    U.S. Army xTechSearch
    Phase III Award Winner
    World Materials Forum
    2018 Grand Prix Winner
    U.S. Dept. of Energy SBIR
    Phase I Grantee
    Phase I Grantee
  • 2017
    Forbes 30 Under 30
    Richard Wang (in Energy)
    Phase I Grantee
  • 2016
    Activate Fellowship
    2016 Cohort
  • 2015
    TomKat Center at Stanford
    Innovation Transfer Awardee