Another ILS tech startup development: Charge your Car In minutes…

September 6th, 2015 § Comments Off on Another ILS tech startup development: Charge your Car In minutes… § permalink

Researchers at startup StoreDot work on a new type of battery.An Israeli startup is planning on bringing its fast charging batteries to electric cars.

Tesla’s fast chargers can add about 170 miles worth of electricity to its cars’ batteries in about 30 minutes. If an Israeli startup achieves its goal, electric cars could travel hundreds of miles after only five minutes of charging.

On Wednesday three-year-old startup StoreDot, said that it’s raised $18 million in funding from the investing arm of Korean electronics giant Samsung and Russian investor Roman Abramovich. The company, which has raised $66 million in total, plans to spend the latest investment on getting its fast-charging battery into electric cars.

Many companies are focused on various ways to boost the range of the batteries used to power electric cars. Some companies like Tesla and Panasonic are focused on making lower cost batteries that can store more energy in a single charge. Others, like the now defunct Israeli startup Better Place, have tried to build stations that use a robotic arm to quickly remove empty batteries from cars and replace them with charged ones. Still others are building out networks of electric car chargers in shopping centers and office parking lots that drivers can use to refill cars when necessary.
Whatever technology can help make electric cars more competitive with, or even superior to, gasoline-powered cars could be a significant and valuable innovation. Batteries, the most expensive part of an electric car, can offer up to 265 miles on a single charge. Using a standard charger, those best-in-class batteries take several hours to fully charge. With a much more expensive fast charger, called a DC charger, those batteries can still take over 30 minutes to top off.

Concerns over slow and inconvenient charging is partly to blame for the limited adoption of electric cars. Americans bought only 118,000 electric cars last year compared to 16.5 million new vehicles of all types sold last year.

StoreDot, founded in 2012, is working on a rather unusual way to try to tackle this battery problem. It’s developed a brand new type of lithium-ion battery that it says can be fully charged in just a few minutes. In theory that would make filling up an electric car as fast and convenient as filling up with gas at a service station.

The company, and its team of scientists, have used nanotechnology to make new organic materials that make up a battery that can be charged and discharged more rapidly than standard lithium-ion batteries. The company has 50 employees, including 20 researchers with PhD’s.
One problem with a standard lithium-ion battery is that there are various elements — due to both the materials used and the design of the battery — that block the flow of the current inside the battery and make it more difficult to deliver spikes of power. This is called a battery’s internal “resistance.”

StoreDot has optimized its battery to have as low a resistance as possible. Working at the tiny molecular level, StoreDot has used its new materials to make very thin battery electrodes, which is the part of the battery that charges and discharges. The thin electrode layers — so thin they’re “almost transparent” says StoreDot CEO Doron Myersdorf — help reduce the resistance, and the current can rapidly flow through the battery within minutes.

The startup is now testing its batteries in cell phones and with a handful of big cellphone makers. Myersdorf says he expects to sign a commercial deal with a cell phone maker within “a couple of quarters,” and get the company’s batteries into the consumer cell phones sometime next year.

For electric cars, though, it will take much longer. StoreDot is using the funding to create a division to focus on retooling its cell phone batteries for electric cars. Even if everything goes well, StoreDot’s batteries wouldn’t be ready for commercial electric cars for at least another five years.

But as any battery startup can attest, many things can wrong between now and then. It’s very difficult to move battery tech from the lab into the commercial marketplace, and it’s still unclear whether carmakers would be interested in its yet-to-be-developed battery alternative.

Other startups that are working on new types of electric car batteries include Sakti3, QuantumScape, Seeo, XG Sciences, Envia Systems and SolidEnergy Systems. According to research firm Lux Research, Panasonic holds 39% of the marketshare for batteries for electric cars, while LG Chem and Samsung SDI are also big players.

8 ppl, 2 cars, 1 night, 1 family trip: Nissan and Zoe Electric Car on a quick getaway family trip. #lifetest

June 27th, 2015 § Comments Off on 8 ppl, 2 cars, 1 night, 1 family trip: Nissan and Zoe Electric Car on a quick getaway family trip. #lifetest § permalink

  • It just happened family dropped by with a plan “Let’s all go on a family trip“.
  • It also just happened that my twizy went into service and i ended up with a zoe electricCar which i have been after for a thorough test drive (not those half hour “we let you drive and hope you buy this car” sort of thing, but a real life test).

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The all-electric Volkswagen e-up! goes on sale on Monday 2 December priced at £19,250 (including £5,000 Government grant or £24,250 on the road).

August 8th, 2014 § Comments Off on The all-electric Volkswagen e-up! goes on sale on Monday 2 December priced at £19,250 (including £5,000 Government grant or £24,250 on the road). § permalink

VW UP! #EV

The all-electric Volkswagen e-up! goes on sale on Monday 2 December priced at £19,250 (including £5,000 Government grant or £24,250 on the road). Customers wishing to take the lead with this innovative city specialist will be able order their e-up! from one of 24 Volkswagen EV specialist retailers across the UK, with the first deliveries expected at the end of January.
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USA: LEAF “No Charge To Charge” Program Now Live

July 27th, 2014 § Comments Off on USA: LEAF “No Charge To Charge” Program Now Live § permalink

Nissan And 4 Charging Partners Announce Launch Of The “No Charge To Charge” Program

This past April Nissan announced an innovative “No Charge To Charge” program that would be available with every new LEAF purchase in the United States, in conjunction with a new EZ Charge one-card-for-all network.
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USA: LEAF “No Charge To Charge” Program Now Live

July 10th, 2014 § Comments Off on USA: LEAF “No Charge To Charge” Program Now Live § permalink

Nissan And 4 Charging Partners Announce Launch Of The “No Charge To Charge” Program

This past April Nissan announced an innovative “No Charge To Charge” program that would be available with every new LEAF purchase in the United States, in conjunction with a new EZ Charge one-card-for-all network.
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Europe: Renewables and smart grids are the future for EV charging stations

March 16th, 2014 § Comments Off on Europe: Renewables and smart grids are the future for EV charging stations § permalink

Being able to charge up to 30 electric cars at once requires ingenious energy management as researchers look to incorporate a mix of renewables into the design of a smart grid for Germany’s largest charging station.

The network of charging stations for electric vehicles is becoming more tightly meshed. In Germany, the ratio of electric cars to charging stations is currently two to one and utility companies are pushing forward expansion of charging opportunities, especially in cities and metropolitan areas.  » Read the rest of this entry «

ABB inks CLEVER Danish electric car charging deal

December 18th, 2013 § Comments Off on ABB inks CLEVER Danish electric car charging deal § permalink

Denmark’s position as one of Europe’s leading electric car markets is to get another boost, after engineering company ABB announced that it has been selected to deploy a further 50 charging points across the country.

The Swiss conglomerate confirmed yesterday that is has signed a deal with Danish electric charging network operator CLEVER to install 50 CCS (Combo) compatible DC fast chargers, taking the total number of chargers the company will deploy in the country to 100.

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Here’s Everything We Know About Volkswagen’s (Not So!) “First” Electric Car

November 14th, 2013 § Comments Off on Here’s Everything We Know About Volkswagen’s (Not So!) “First” Electric Car § permalink

The German version of the Volkswagen E-Golf.

This morning, we got all the details on the new Volkswagen e-Golf electric car, ahead of its debut next week at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The E-Golf is a battery-electric version of the all-new seventh-generation VW Golf, which will go on sale in the U.S. next spring as a 2015 model.

The electric five-door hatchback is the first Volkswagen plug-in car designed for mass production, though the actual number to be built and sold remains unclear.

VW will launch the car “only at participating dealers in select states,” and it will go on sale roughly a year from now, in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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Rapid charging my electric car #nissanLeaf #ev at #ikea – 10-15 mins and Im done. Let’s see if there’s coffee… pic.twitter.com/EkuJx63vDa

November 12th, 2013 § Comments Off on Rapid charging my electric car #nissanLeaf #ev at #ikea – 10-15 mins and Im done. Let’s see if there’s coffee… pic.twitter.com/EkuJx63vDa § permalink

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