As the Covid-19 pandemic unfolded and lockdowns were implemented in countries around the world, global car sales experienced an unprecedented drop. Despite gradual recovery over the course of the year, early market data suggests that global car sales contracted in 2020 by an estimated 14% year-on-year, mirroring closely the drop in global car sales in 2020 was significantly larger comparatively.
Ford said during his keynote speech. “It sparks innovation.” The automotive ecosystem in Israel, he added, is “amazing.” You didn’t need to hear Ford to understand that Israel has become a world leader in everything from the sensors and cameras that power self-driving cars to the software that will find an open parking spot in a lot or on the street (no small feat in a perennially parked-up city like Tel Aviv).
A technological breakthrough is needed, and many Israel companies are working on ways to make charging faster and travel range longer. Electric vehicles can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, at least in theory. A small Israeli start-up called Electreon has another idea: electrify the roads to recharge vehicles as they are driven.
Electric cars, which are a major part of global attempts to tackle the climate crisis, have faced the challenge of batteries taking hours to fully charge, giving rise to “range anxiety” — the fear of a battery running out mid-journey and the driver getting stranded at a charging station. But now, provided that charging stations undergo a major upgrade, which could take years, charging an electric car could become as quick as stopping to refuel a gas-run vehicle.
ISRAEL- From flat battery to full charge in just five minutes — an Israeli start-up has developed technology it says could eliminate the “range anxiety” associated with electric cars. Ultra-fast recharge specialists StoreDot have developed a first-generation lithium-ion battery that can rival the filling time of a standard car at the pump. They are changing the entire experience of the driver, the problem of ‘range anxiety’ that may get stuck on the highway without energy,”
- Phinergy, company’s main focus is on the development of aluminum-air and zinc-air batteries, they claim to have successfully integrated aluminum-air battery system into an electric vehicle resulting in more than three times the driving range of current EVs.
- Driivz, offers a cloud-based software platform for operations management, grid management, user management, public and workplace charging management including billing services. They offer the product to the public charging infrastructure managers.
- Aquarius Engines is an Israeli startup focused on developing engines for application in hybrid and electric vehicles. The company has developed a patented engine which has only one moving part, the engine only has a single piston that moves from side to side instead of up and down. The generator charges a battery located beneath the car floor under the back seat.
- Chakratec has develops a highly efficient energy storage system based on flywheel technology which gives a low cost per charge/discharge cycle. The company offers storage systems ranging from 5 kWh to high end 1 MWh systems for small to medium size applications.
- Addionics is a provider of 3D architecture rechargeable batteries. Has developed a 3D architecture for batteries for reducing the internal resistance of the batteries. Claims to reduce the charging time by half and increase in the range at high speeds. Develops this technology for electric vehicle batteries.
- IRP Systems has developed a patented software defined electric motor/actuator for unmanned systems which provides a high level of SWAP (Size Weight and Power) ratio. Their solution, named Hummingbird, consists of a patented intelligent control algorithm coupled with an electric motor design which helps in achieving the high-power efficiency metrics. The motion system is sufficiently versatile and can be implemented in any system with an electric motion requirement. It is intended to be used in drones, electric vehicles, unmanned ground vehicles or as robot actuators.
- UrbanAero, an aviation technology company that develops ducted-fan based aircraft (that it calls Fancraft), for multiple uses. The current focus of UrbanAero is on developing a VTOL unmanned aerial vehicle called the AirMule and its export variant, the Cormorant.
- ElectReon, developing electric wireless charging of e-vehicles. The technology uses dynamic wireless power transfer (DWPT) system which will be laid under public roads. The vehicles are retrofitted with a receiver under the chassis.
- ETV Energy, an Israeli startup focused on developing lithium-ion batteries for the electric vehicle market. The company’s technology is based on High Voltage Nickel-Manganese-Oxide (Spinel) cathode material. The Spinel oxides possess high cell voltage and the company is working on developing a commercially viable product using these oxides.