Volkswagen, Mobileye and Champion Motors to commercialize mobility-as-a-service with self-driving EVs in Israel

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Volkswagen Group, Mobileye and Champion Motors plan to commercialize Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) with self-driving electric vehicles in Israel. New Mobility in Israel” will roll out in phases and grow quickly from several dozen to hundreds of self-driving electric vehicles.

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BIRD Energy to invest $6.4M in Israel-US projects; biomass, fuel cells, natural gas, water-energy nexus and energy efficiency technologies

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The US Department of Energy (DOE), Israel’s Ministry of Energy (MoE) along with the Israel Innovation Authority have selected seven clean energy projects to receive $6.4 The BIRD Energy program continues to deliver results in energy, enhancing the energy security of both the United States and Israel. Lod, Israel) and Blink Charging Co. Haifa, Israel)) and Ballard Unmanned Systems Inc. Petach-Tikva, Israel) and Adesto Technologies Corp.

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Israeli firm StoreDot claims battery with 5-minute charging time

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It's one of the Holy Grails for battery researchers and electric-car advocates alike: a battery that could recharge in the same amount of time as it takes to stop for gasoline. lithium-ion battery pack Israel research plug-in cars

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Renault to Build Electric Cars in Israel?

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Associated Press is reporting out of Paris (via that Renault is "studying a possible plan to build a manufacturing plant for electric cars in Israel, a company spokeswoman said Wednesday." Shai Agassi, an Israeli entrepreneur whose Project Better Place is looking at infrastructure and battery schemes to facilitate electric cars, could be involved in a partnership, according to Renault spokeswoman Rochelle Chimenes.

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Israel Aerospace Industries and Cella Energy receive grant for UAV fuel cell project

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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Cella Energy have been awarded industrial research and development funding by Space Florida, the State of Florida’s aerospace and spaceport development authority, and MATIMOP, Israel’s Industrial Center for Research and Development. The potential benefit of the project is to double or even triple the UAV flight duration at the same battery weight, solving one of the biggest limitations of battery-operated UAVs.

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How's Better Place Doing In Israel These Days?

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But despite little attention, it has managed to boost the sales rate in Israel for its cars, along with subscriptions to its battery-switching service. The Better Place electric-car system has not had a good run of news lately. Deliveries for all of 2012 were 518 cars. Roughly the first 100 were cars for internal use by Better Place itself

'Totaled' is the long, sad story of Better Place and its failure: book review

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It is just over five years since I bought my Better Place Renault 2012 Fluence ZE in Israel—and a little over five months since I returned it to Israel’s Renault importer for a cash settlement. By that time, the 22-kilowatt-hour battery capacity was down to 11.3 failure Shai Agassi Israel Better Place plug-in cars battery switch Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Battery Swapping

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Better Place Opens First EV Demonstration Center; Dor Alon to Deploy Battery Switch Stations in Israel

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Better Place announced the grand opening of the company’s first electric vehicle (EV) battery switch demonstration center in Israel. The company marked the occasion by announcing the signing of 92 corporate fleet owners to date as well as a partnership with Dor Alon, one of Israel’s leading gas station operators, for the deployment of battery switch stations at Dor Alon’s facilities.

Better Place winding down ops in North America and Australia, to focus on Denmark and Israel

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Better Place, the startup provider of electric car networks using a battery switch model, has decided to focus its efforts on Denmark and Israel, where the complete infrastructure is in place and commercial operations are underway. As a corollary, it will wind-down of its non-core activities in North America and limit any further investment in Australia beyond its current commitments.

Better Place Electric Renault Fluence ZE In Israel: 1st Week

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I've charged the car predominantly at home, with a couple of extra top-ups at a local shopping mall and one battery switch It's been just over a week since I picked up my all-electric Renault Fluence ZE--one of 110 Better Place customers to do so during May, according to the company. I've now put on 430 all-electric miles in nine days of driving.

Government, Renault and Agassi: Making Israel a Better Place for Electric Cars

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Shai Agassi's ambitious Project Better Place takes a step forward today in Israel. The government will announce its support for the venture which has been developing between Agassi and Renault to bring electric cars to the virtual island that is Israel. As I have commented before, there is no better proving grounds for EVs than Israel. Where these batteries will come from hasn't been announced.

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Better Place Israel Partners With Jerusalem For EV Charging Infrastructure

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Better Place Israel signed an agreement with Israel's capital city of Jerusalem on Thursday, to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure throughout the municipality. The initiative will test charging stations and battery swapping facilities over the next 18 months. Charging stations will be located on major streets and other public

Ilika completes US$19M equity placement to support solid-state battery commercialization

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UK-based Ilika, a developer of solid-state battery technology, successfully completed a £15-million (US$19-million) equity placement to support its growth strategy. Ilika currently produces its Stereax batteries on a pilot line in Southampton, UK. Batteries Solid-state

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Better Place Opens EV and Battery Swapping Center in Israel

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Better Place had made news on many occasions for some outlandish claims and also for demonstrating technology that most people think may never work. However, the mere fact that they continue to make headlines means that the company is important to the electric vehicle community and should not be overlooked. In a sort of radical move, the company

Better Place introduces Renault Fluence ZE EV and pricing for Israel

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Better Place unveiled its first EV it will sell in the Israel market, the Renault Fluence ZE. The service packages include installation and maintenance of a home recharging station, free access to Better Place’s battery replacement stations and road-side service. JPost. Basic price of the vehicle will be NIS 122,900 (US$34,865) excluding the necessary service package. Fluence ZE will go on sale from mid-July.

Israel Aerospace Industries Applies Horizon Fuel Cell in Unmanned Aerial System

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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has integrated Horizon Energy’s AEROPAK fuel cell as a next-generation power system for IAI’s Bird Eye 650 Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). Without increasing take-off weight, Horizon’s newly launched fuel cell now enables IAI’s mini-UAS to achieve 6 hour flights, a more than two-fold improvement compared to flights powered by lithium batteries.

Possible Savior For Better Place Electric-Car Network Emerges In Israel

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Battery-swapping Israeli-based electric car network Better Place might have found a buyer, following its bankruptcy filings last week. Solar entrepreneur Yosef Abramowitz hinted on his Facebook profile that his company had offered to assume Better Place''s assets from the liquidator. He wrote on Sunday, "Non-update update: cannot confirm or deny

Better Place gets electric car go-ahead in Israel

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Israel’s Ministry of Transport has given the go-ahead for electric car venture Better Place to import 13 Renault Fluence electric cars for testing. The vehicles are due to arrive within two weeks and will test the battery recharging stations that already exist at several sites including Better Place’s visitor centre at Pi Glilot outside Tel [.].

Better Place Israel Signs Agreement With Jerusalem To Deploy EV Charging Infrastructure

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Better Place Israel signed an agreement with Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat to begin the deployment of a charging infrastructure for electrical cars in Jerusalem. Over the next 18 months, Better Place and the city of Jerusalem will conduct a comprehensive test of the charging infrastructure, including charging spots, battery switch stations, and the energy management system.

UltraCharge raises A$2.5M to advance its battery technology

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Israel-based UltraCharge, a company developing a portfolio of advanced battery technologies from Israel and Singapore, has raised AUS$2.5 UltraCharge’s technology portfolio includes: Anode for Lithium Ion Batteries. This can support a battery that is safe, has a longer lifetime and is fast charging. Cathode for Lithium Ion Batteries. The company has agreed to acquire rights to new cathode intellectual property from ETV Energy in Israel.

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Electric powertrain company IRP Systems raises $17M in Series B

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Israel-based IRP Systems , a provider of electric powertrain products, raised $17 million in Series B funding. The company has customers in Asia Pacific, the EU and Israel and has headquarters in Ness Ziona, Israel. Batteries Electric (Battery) Motors Vehicle Systems

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Better Place Battery Swapping: The Technology Behind The Idea

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Last week, we shared with you our first-hand experience of driving an electric car through a Better Place battery swap station in Israel. Publicly, especially outside of Israel, Better Place’s concept of switching out depleted electric car battery packs for fully charged ones at its proprietary automated switch stations is what the firm is


Chevron invests in Prussian Blue battery tech company Natron Energy; stationary storage for EV charging stations

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Natron Energy , a developer of new battery cell technology based on Prussian Blue analogue electrodes and a sodium-ion electrolyte, has closed a strategic investment by Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV) to support the development of stationary energy storage systems for demand charge management at electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Natron’s patented technology uses Prussian blue pigments in both the positive and negative electrode of the battery. Israel, M.

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BP invests in ultra-fast charging battery company StoreDot

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BP Ventures has invested $20 million in Israel-based ultra-fast charging battery developer StoreDot. StoreDot has developed a lithium ion-based battery technology which enables ultra-fast charging for the mobile and industrial markets. Using this technology, StoreDot is also developing a new type of electric-car battery that will aim to achieve a charging experience that is comparable to the time spent to refuel a traditional car.

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Battery-switchable electric Commodore breaks 24-hour world EV distance record

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EV Engineering fit the battery pack in the engine compartment of the Commodore to enable switching. The battery-switchable fully-electric Holden Commodore developed by. incorporate ground-breaking battery switch technology. Batteries Conversions Electric (Battery

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Fuji Pigment unveils rechargeable Aluminum-air battery; targeting initial commercialization this spring

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has developed a new type of aluminum-air battery which can be recharged by refilling with salt or fresh water and which uses a modified structure to ensure longer battery lifetime. Aluminum-air batteries the systems offer a theoretical specific energy of 8.1 Batteries

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Better Place extends electric vehicle battery swap trial

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The switchable battery electric vehicle taxi pilot in Tokyo, Japan, has been extended by Better Place and will now be in operation through to the end of the year. Tags: Electric cars Green cars Latest news Agency for Natural Resources and Energy battery swap stations Better Place Denmark electric car batteries electric car battery swap stations israel Ministry of Economy Tokyo

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Better Place: First Battery Swap Station, Profit In 2 Years?

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Better Place, the ambitious program that's launching its electric-car service in Israel, opened its first battery-swap station there on Wednesday. At an event marking the opening, CEO Shai Agassi said the company would be profitable within two years of starting to provide mobility services to its customers in Israel and Denmark.

EV battery swap company Better Place files for liquidation

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Better Place, a high-profile developer and proponent of a battery switch model for electric vehicles ( earlier post ), filed a motion with the Lod District Court in Israel to ask for the dissolution of the company and the appointment of a temporary liquidator. Israel was the first place in which an electrical car could travel without limit. Ownership of the car is different for each customer, and it’s true that the customer doesn’t own the battery.

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Alcoa and Phinergy enter joint development agreement for high energy-density aluminum-air batteries

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Alcoa and Israel-based Phinergy have entered into a joint development agreement to develop further Phinergy ’s aluminum-air batteries. Announced at the Advanced Automotive Battery Conference in Atlanta, the partnership will collaborate on new materials, processes and components to commercialize the aluminum-air battery, which could significantly extend electric vehicle range. kWh/kg of Al—second only to the Li-air battery (13.0 Batteries Electric (Batter

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Better Place launches Toyko battery swap station

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Japan has gained its first battery-swapping station after Better Place opened the facility on Sunday. Tags: Electric cars battery Better Place israel japan station swap Toyko The firm known for its work in extending electric car recharging infrastructure, opened the station after joining in a partnership with the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry, and Nihon Kotsu, Tokyo’s largest taxi operator. Tokyo has more taxis than [.].

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Video Shares Better Place Electric Car Battery Swap Experience

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Less than a month ago, electric car infrastructure firm and battery swap specialist Better Place started deliveries of all-electric Renault Fluence Z.E. cars to customers in Israel. In the past, Better Place has explained the basics of how its rapid battery swap stations work, but what’s it really like to drive into a rapid battery swap

Better Place Delivers Electric Cars, Battery Swaps Become Real

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Electric car battery swapping stations became reality yesterday as Better Place started delivering all-electric Renault Fluence Z.E. cars to customers in Israel. with a battery pack that could be removed by automated machinery and replaced with a freshly-charged one Unlike regular electric cars, Renault was commissioned to build the Fluence Z.E.

VisIC and ZF partner on R&D effort to develop EV inverter based on GaN semiconductor technology; focus on 400V

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ZF Friedrichshafen AG and Israel-based VisIC Technologies Ltd., The inverter—which converts DC power from the traction battery to AC power that drives the motor—is a key part of the electric drive chain. Electric (Battery) Power Electronics

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Battery swapping EVs reach 1 million kilometres

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Battery-swap company, Better Place has reached a significant milestone; logging one million kilometres from the electric vehicles using its charging infrastructure in Israel and Denmark. Launching a battery-swap system in Israel first allowed the country to become the first to try out a different approach to charging an electric car; instead of waiting for a [.].

Better Place Launches Switchable-Battery Electric Taxi Project in Tokyo; Converted Crossovers with A123 Systems Packs

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Better Place launched a 90-day switchable-battery electric taxi in Tokyo in partnership with the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry, and Nihon Kotsu, Tokyo’s largest taxi operator. The batteries for these cars are provided by A123 Systems.

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EC backs project for EV battery switching: EASYBAT

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A consortium coordinated by Better Place and including Renault SA, Continental, Ernst & Young, TÜV Rheinland, KEMA and five leading European institutions announced formal approval from the European Commission for an R&D program to make it easier for European automobile and battery manufacturers to build electric cars with switchable batteries. EASYBAT is the first project for switchable battery electric cars approved by the Commission.

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Researchers improve aluminum-air battery performance by using flax straw extract as corrosion inhibitor

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In a paper in ChemSusChem , a team from Israel and Russia reports substantial improvements in the performance of aluminum-air batteries by adding flax straw extract (3 vol %) to the alkaline solution to act as a mixed-type aluminum corrosion inhibitor. However, unlike the inhibition protection of technological equipment (pipeline, heat exchanger, and tubes) there are additional and unique requirements for anode corrosion inhibitors in batteries. Batteries

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ETV Motors announces name change

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Israel’s ETV Motors Ltd, a developer of electric vehicle technology, has decided to change its name to ETV Energy Ltd, as it focuses on energy and battery cell technology. The company will refocus on the HIGH5IVE high voltage lithium manganese spinel battery cell technology that its scientists have been developing for electric vehicles and hybrids. [.]. Electric cars Green cars Latest news ETV Energy ETV Motors HIGH5IVE israel

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EnStorage and Princeton Power Systems awarded $950K BIRD grant for hydrogen bromide flow battery system

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Princeton Power Systems and EnStorage have been awarded a $950,000 grant from the Israel-US Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD). The grant will support the commercialization and deployment of an energy storage system based on EnStorage’s proprietary hydrogen bromide (HBr) flow battery and Princeton Power Systems’ inverters and site controller.

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Tel Aviv bus operator introducing BYD full-size battery-electric buses

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Investment in the importation of electric buses to Israel is expected to amount to hundreds of NIS millions in the near future, subject to how well electric buses will suit to the local operating conditions. The importation of electric buses in Israel is highly supported and encouraged by various governmental ministries, headed by Israeli transportation minister, Israel Kats, who guided the ministry of Transportation to remove restrictions that may delay the process of importation.

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Exclusive interview with EV battery firm Evida

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Evida Power Ltd is a leading supplier of lithium ion batteries with operations in the US, China, Israel, and now here in the UK. Interviews battery electric vehicles Evida interview solutionSince opening their new headquarters in Coventry in March of this year, the firm has successfully secured a strategic supply deal with the European EV maker, Mia Electric. Evida prides itself [.].

Better Place consortium launches electric taxi project with battery switch station at Schiphol airport

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A Better Place-led project consortium has launched an electric taxi project—including a battery-switch station—at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The Battery Switch Station was built in partnership with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and will initially serve 10 Renault Fluence Z.E. Applying battery switch technology to electric taxis allows them to operate virtually around the clock without the need to stop, plug in, and charge.

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