EVR Motors partners with India-based Tier-1 Badve Group

Badve Engineering Ltd, one of India’s leading Tier-1 automotive manufacturing companies for Indian and global OEMs, and Israeli startup EVR Motors have announced that they are forging a strategic commercial agreement. Under the new strategic partnership, Badve Group will manufacture in India EVR’s proprietary Trapezoidal Stator – RFPM electric motors, which measure half the weight and size of competing electric motors and provide superior power and torque performance. In the 3-wheeler (3W) segment, the collaboration will address both the commercial and passenger vehicles markets (L3 and L5 categories), which are poised for strong growth in India in the coming years.

Badve Group has already initiated the joint development and localization process at one of its facilities in Pune for manufacturing the electric vehicles (EV) motors and is currently developing prototypes to cater Indian OEMs. The company plans to ramp up its production to an annual capacity of 0.5 million units by mid-2023 to meet the rising demand for EVs.

EVR motors has developed a unique, patented motor topology: The Trapezoidal Stator Radial Flux Permanent Magnet (TS-RFPM) Motor, enabling smaller, lighter, lower-cost motors, which can be tailored to user requirements. EVR is now developing a variety of motors, suitable for most mobility and industrial applications. EVR’s first motors are designed for 2-wheelers and 3-wheelers, as well as light commercial vehicles, and weigh less than half compared to similar power radial flux motors.

2-wheeler and 3-wheeler vehicles constitute around 90% of the Indian electric vehicles market. According to estimates, 6 million 3-wheeler vehicles are sold in India annually, and half-million of them are electric 3-wheelers.

On this occasion, Mr. Sumedh Badve (President, EV Division, Badve Group) said, “We are very excited about our partnership with EVR motors. The ground-breaking EVR technology and our proven manufacturing expertise, coupled with our strategic long-term customer relationships will ensure the success of this partnership. This partnership is in line with our core vision of sustainability and net zero emissions through green mobility. We are fully confident that these motors are best suited for adoption in the multi-terrain Indian landscape and will provide an enthralling experience to Indian riders.”

“The strategic partnership with Badve Group, a leading Tier 1 manufacturer, offers multiple OEMs access to EVR’s advanced motor technology, tailored for the Indian market and made in India”, said Mr. Opher Doron, CEO of EVR Motors. “Together with other recently announced agreements, this partnership will expand our total addressable market to encompass the most significant OEMs in the strongest e-vehicle market sectors in India. EVR is proud of the trust our customers place in us and our technology, and of the opportunity to play a significant role in electrifying Indian mobility”.

Napino Group forges licensing agreement with EVR Motors in India

Napino Auto & Electronics Ltd., India’s premier Tier 1 automotive component manufacturing company, has forged a commercial licensing agreement with EVR Motors, an Israeli start-up with a newly designed and patented motor topology: the Trapezoidal Stator – Radial Flux Permanent Magnet (TS – RFPM) topology. The strategic partnership will see Napino partner with EVR to develop and manufacture motors for electric two wheelers in India. 

Napino is a Tier 1 supplier for almost all of India’s motorcycle and scooter manufacturers and has global partnerships with companies such as Continental and Shindengen.

The TSRF technology is distinctive because of its lightweight and compact design. The proprietary TS topology has a unique trapezoidal tooth shape core structure, which improves flux distribution, reduces leakage, and gives superior heat dissipation with good thermal capacity. The TS topology can be tailored for a wide variety of requirements and enable multiple variations based on the same design and tooling. The air-cooled motor for the two wheelers application weighs under 7 kgs, has a diameter of 130mm, and is a perfect fit for Indian two-wheeler electric vehicles. The voltage range is modular, between 48V and 96V.

The new collaboration with EVR for TSRF motors will give a new shape to the electric vehicle (EV) industry, with lower cost and better performance while maintaining the advantages of traditional RFPM motors. Thanks to this technology, the motor is significantly lighter, smaller, and more efficient than conventional electric motors.

EVR and Napino will bring together the expertise of designing and manufacturing the all-new TSRF motors at their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.

Mr. Vaibhav Raheja, Joint Managing Director of Napino, commented, “This partnership will help us build a stronger electric vehicle portfolio.  These high-performance motors of up to 17KW would allow us to cater to the premium EV segment.  We are excited about bringing these products into the EV space.”

Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Naveen Kumar, Group CEO of Napino said, “Our partnership with EVR for manufacturing their high class power and torque density electric motors is a practical solution for the Indian market. The TSRF motor offers enhanced flux density, thus reducing the motor size and related costs without compromising performance.”

Opher Doron, CEO of EVR Motors commented, “We’re excited about our strategic partnership with Napino, a leading Tier 1 supplier, to manufacture and commercialize EVR’s motors for the Indian market. Meeting the growing demand for electric motors and accelerating EV adoption in India is only possible when joining hands with a leading automotive player. Combining our unique technology with Napino’s engineering and manufacturing excellence will make a real difference in making our world more sustainable and improving the quality of life in India.”

Napino Group, a technology conglomerate and a leader in the automotive and electronics space, is a Tier 1 supplier of proprietary solutions to global OEMs. A USD 230 Million group, Napino is rapidly diversifying into new business segments and expanding its footprints with growing market share across all its product lines. Napino is one of the first few industrial players today to have etched their mark in supplying EV electronic components to leading OEMs in India. Few chargers, motors and controllers are also being developed jointly with leading OEMs and our technology partner. It endeavours to maintain its reputation to deliver high technology and quality products to its customers.

Considering the present global conditions, India is emerging as a lucrative destination for electronic manufacturing services. With its long history of excellence, demonstrable investment in technology & people, robust supply chain and a commitment to exemplary customer service, Napino is already working with many of the world’s leading Automotive, Consumer Goods and Healthcare OEMs.

StoreDot to develop a 2-minute of charge battery

 StoreDot Company, the developer of extreme fast charging (XFC) battery technology for electric vehicles, has revealed its development roadmap of the company for the next decade. Within this roadmap, the company stated that by 2032 it will be capable of mass producing of a 100-mile of range on a 2-minute charge battery. Current company’s battery, 100-mile of range on a 5-minute charge, will be delivered by the end of 2024.

Another milestone at the company’s roadmap is a 100-mile of range on a 3-minute charge battery, delivered by 2028. The progress in the roadmap is involved in a gradual transition to a solid-state battery. With this type batteries the electrolyte, through which the ions pass in the loading-unloading process between the electrodes, is made of solid material and not liquid or polymer-gel. The 2028 version will be semi-solid state, while the final 2032 battery will be full solid-state.    

Solid state batteries are an objective of the whole automotive industry. Such batteries should be safer and have a larger capacity, and therefore allow for a greater driving range. The challenge is to develop a solid material that will be stable at the one hand, and with high conductance rate at the other hand.

Dr Doron Myersdorf, StoreDot CEO, says: “It’s absolutely crucial that we give global automotive manufacturers a clear and realistic roadmap. Each milestone at our roadmap represents a radical 20% performance improvement – a major impact on the driver’s experience”.

Ultra-fast charging of EV’s batteries

StoreDot has developed the FlashBattery technology, allowing Li-ion batteries to be charged in only several minutes. This technology is based on NanoDots particles, each at the size of 2 nanometers, characterized by high capacity and integrated in the electrolytic liquid within the battery.

In early 2021, StoreDot has produced the pilot production batch of EV batteries in a plant of the Chinese battery manufacturer Eve Energy. These batteries were used to demonstrate full charge of a two-wheeled EV in just five minutes.

Vontier acquired the Israeli Driivz

Vontier, a U.S-based corporation focused on smart transportation and mobility solutions, aquired the israeli Driivz, a provider an EV charging management software platform for EV charging operations, energy management, advanced billing capabilities and driver self-service tool.  Pursuant to the transaction, Driivz will continue to be run as an independent company , a wholly owned subsidiary of Vontier and managed by founder and CEO Doron Frenkel. Since its establishment in 2013, Drives has raised about $ 33 million from industrial entities, including the energy company Centrica and Volvo. The relationships with Vontier started early in 2020 with the first investment of the corporation in Driivz.

Mark Morelli, President and CEO of Vontier say the acquisition is intended to accelerate the company’s portfolio diversification in the EV market. “Vontier believes the next decade could bring the most significant changes to global mobility since the invention of the automobile. The acquisition is part of our strategic goal to be a complete solution provider for the smart EV market, and therefore we commit that during the five next years we will invest more than $500 million in crafting these solutions”.

According to Morelli, Driivz Company provides a hardware agnostic, cutting edge software technology in the world of EVCI (Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure). Driivz’s platform includes tools for management of the charging grids’ operational system, billing, drivers’ interfaces, EV fleet management and charging in commercial and condos. Among the prominent clients of the company are Centrica, EVgo, Volvo Group and eMobility Power. The platform currently serves about 800,000 users in 20 countries. It manages about 100,000 charging stations that are based on a variety of 500 hardware systems. The company employs 70 employees in Israel, Europe and the USA and is going to add 30 more employees by the end of the year.

Electreon and Ford will deploy first wireless EV charging road in the U.S

Electreon Company won, together with Ford, the State of Michigan RFP to build a wireless Electric Road System (ERS) in Detroit. The project includes deploying a 1 mile wireless charging road and stationary wireless charging stations, in a central mobility innovation district supported by Ford Motor Co. and others. The road is planned to be operational by 2023, and it will be the first wireless EV charging road in the United States.

At the end of 2020 Ford revealed it plan of restoring Corktown district, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood, including the iconic Michigan Central Station, which also be renovated. The purpose of the project is to craft an ecosystem that demonstrates the future global mobility, and allow companies and start-up all over the world to demonstrate their technologies. For this reason, Electreon estimates that the Michigan project might be major component in introducing their technology to the American market, and in generating strategic joint ventures with leading companies in the market.

In addition to Ford Motor Co., other renowned American companies are taking part, to include Jacobs Engineering, which will lead the road design and will support project management and the energy company DTE, which will provide the connection of the new road to the power grid. Other companies in this project are KIEWIT Company, one of the largest infrastructure companies in the USA, which will support infrastructure works’ planning and execution and CleanTech ROUSH Company, specialized in converting industrial vehicles to alternative fuel vehicles, and will provide an electric truck for the project. Electreon will be the provider of its wireless electronic charging technology and will lead the planning, execution and operation of the project.

Electreon Wireless developed an electric road technology that charges the batteries of electric vehicles during their drive on the electrical section. It is based on the use of magnetic coils that are placed under the traffic lanes and charge the vehicles’ chargers wirelessly, using magnetic induction. This helps to reduce the weight of the electric vehicles, since a relatively small battery is needed. The system includes a management unit located on the sides of the traffic lanes of the electric road, and a receiver unit located in the vehicle’s undercarriage.

Bosch to manufacture IRP’s powertrain components for E-Vehicles

IRP System Company from Nes-Ziona, Israel, announced it has signed a strategic agreement with Bosch Company for serial manufacturing of IRP’s personal mobility electric motor controllers. Along the product it develops and manufactures Bosch offer industrialization and production services for other companies in the automotive world. The new cooperation will focus on manufacturing controllers for Electric personal mobility vehicles (scooters, motorcycles, 3-wheelers and quadricycles), IRP’s largest market segment as of today. Some of the company’s solutions are already integrated in several commercial models, and in order to meet growing demands it extends its production capabilities through the agreement with Bosch.  

IRP has developed the TrueDrive technology, an array of engines and controllers running by patented algorithm, which improve electric engines efficiency, reduce costs and enlarge the vehicle’s driving range. Dan Shoshani, VP Marketing & Product Management at IRP Systems, explains to Techtime: “The main challenge in the Electric Vehicle controllers’ world is to craft a controller that offers high performance with maximum safety, together with competitive price. Our cutting edge technology meets the highest standards of the automotive industry. We put a lot of attention in the driver’s experience and in providing outstanding ‘in-control’ driving feeling for its e-vehicle. We manage to achieve this through our unique algorithmics which is built-in the controller”.

IRP Systems was co-founded by CEO Moran Price and CTO Paul Price. At start, they aimed their technology for the aviation’s world applications, but in later years the company has changed focus and migrate its technology for the automotive world. Today it develops powertrain solutions for scooters, motorcycles, 3-wheelers and quadricycles with power up to 150kw and for passenger’s cars. The solution is composed of three major components: controllers, engines and battery management system.

A successful joint experiment with Renault

In the last year, IRP Systems took part at Renault-Nissan innovation lab in Tel-Aviv. Within this experiment, the company’s technology was tested in a Renault’s light vehicle. As a proof of concept, four electric engines and IRP’s control array have been installed in a Renault Twizy car. Company has reported that the size of the four new engines is only one third of the original engines’ size, and they managed to double driving range between charging with higher the ratio of speed thanks to the engines’ higher torque (power).

Bosch Company announced that the production will be performed in the frame of its DfX (Design for eXcellence) service. This service integrates the production, tech and automation constraints in the engineering design – early at the planning stages. The industrialization and manufacturing of IRP’s products will be led by Bosch Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) business unit headquarters in Mondeville, France, together with Bosch Technology local team in Israel.

15 automotive OEM and Tier-1 to evaluate EVR’s electric motors

Over 15 global vehicle manufacturers and Tier-1 automotive companies in eight countries will conduct evaluations of high-performance electric motors developed and manufactured by EVR Motors in Israel. The novel motors are less than half the size and weight of existing state of the art RFPM (Radial Flux Permanent Magnet) motors with similar power. The company is also developing additional motors and setting up an assembly line in Israel, planned to start large scale production in H2 2022.

EVR said it will tailor the motors according to the performance, size, cost, and other requirements of each specific customer. Customers not interested in manufacturing motors can be supplied with motors manufactured by EVR or its partners, including motors deigned to meet their specific requirements.

“Vehicle manufacturers want electric motors with less size, weight and cost, which provide more power, efficiency and flexibility – and this is exactly what we are providing,” noted Opher Doron, CEO of EVR Motors. The breakthrough electric motor we unveiled in May 2021 witnessed tremendous interest from OEMs, Tier-1s and potential partners.”

EVR’s first two/three-wheeler air-cooled 48/96V motor provides a peak power of 17kW and peak torque of 41Nm, yet weighs only 9 kgs, with a volume of 2.7 liters. The company is also developing a water-cooled  35kW motor, a small 6.5 kg, 7-9 kW motor for two wheelers, and a water-cooled 400V motor for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles.

New Topology for Old Technology

The new electric motors are based on EVR’s patented TS-RFPM (Trapezoidal Stator Radial Flux Permanent Magnet) topology, which provides improved performance, while at the same time maintaining the advantages of traditional RFPM motors. The motors generate higher power for their size thanks to increased flux, high fill factor, superior copper utilization, heat dissipation and thermal capacity. The novel topology provides significant reduction in cost as a result of lower Bill of Materials (BOM) and production costs, along with a simple assembly process.

EVR Motors will target most mobility and industrial applications, including two and three wheelers, passenger and light electric vehicles, trucks, busses, Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs), Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs), Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs), Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicles (MHEVs), golf carts, forklifts, trains, boats etc. TSRF technology can support a wide range of power and torque outputs, with voltage ranging from 48V to 800V, that are suitable for different power levels and for a wide range of speeds.

EVR Motors was founded by its current president and COO Eli Rozinsky, together with Victor Kislev and Ruslan Shabinski. The company’s chairman is Ophir Shoham, former Director of the Defense R&D Directorate at the Israeli Ministry of Defense (MAFAT). The CEO Opher Doron, is a former GM of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Space Division. The company is backed by a strong team of investors, led by Marius Nacht, co-founder of Check Point, and the participation of Teramips Technologies, Varana Capital and SIBF. It is now raising Series A funding round to accelerate its penetration into the market, develop additional motors and increase production capacity.