Toyota chooses Electreon’s Wireless Charging Technology

Photo above: Totota’s RAV4 car on Electreon’s Wireless Charging Road

Toyota, Denso and  Electreon Wireless agreed to jointly develop an advanced wireless vehicle receiver based on Electreon’s technology for use in Electric Vehicles. The agreement follows a successful technology evaluation conducted by Toyota and Denso at Electreon’s headquarters in Beit Yanai, Israel. A demonstration of the RAV4-PHEV charging on the wireless road was held at the conclusion of the evaluation.

The parties intend to promote technical development and adoption of wireless charging technology through various joint activities: co-development of an aftermarket wireless kit for current electrified vehicles to utilize wireless charging technology today; integration of the wireless technology into new cars released to the market; collaboration to shape the standardization of wireless EV charging; collaboratively promote a joint pilot project in Japan, the U.S. or the EU, including commercial proof of business.

Toyota announced that dynamic wireless charging technology will will help to solve some issues related to electrified vehicles, by reducing the battery size required in an EV or extend relative driving range. This technology may also help to distribute power demand more evenly, reducing the load on the grid and making it easier to incorporate renewable energy sources. Denso said that”Being greatly impressed to discover the extent of Electreon’s innovation and technology maturity, the company eagerly anticipates combining its expertise with Electreon’s innovative technology to take wireless charging to the next level.”

The building of Electreon's Inductive Wireless Charging Road
The building of Electreon’s Inductive Wireless Charging Road

Oren Ezer, CEO and Co-founder of Electreon, said: “This partnership will make wireless charging accessible to a diverse and wide range of drivers and will demonstrate the many benefits of wireless charging as a cost-effective clean solution for charging EVs as well as a catalyst in reducing EVs’ carbon footprint.” Within the next few months, the Parties will execute a detailed joint development agreement for all the joint activities mentioned above.

Electreon has developed a wireless charging solutions for electric vehicles (EVs). The company’s proprietary inductive technology dynamically (while in motion) and statically (while stopped) charges EVs quickly and safely. Electreon collaborates with cities and fleet operators on a “sale” business model, and on a Charging as a Service (CaaS) business model.

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.

Powermat Unveiled Through-walls Wireless Charging

Tel Aviv-based Powermat has launched a new mid-range wireless charging platform for mobile and IoT devices . The technology is based on electromagnetic induction and is capable of charging devices, as well as providing them with a continuous current of up to 50W over a distance of 20 cm, and also through walls, glass windows and plastic surfaces.

Previous generations provided shorter distances of 0.8-10 cm. Powermat product manager, Aya Kantor, told Techtime the increased range addresses the needs of the IoT devices. “Most wireless charging platforms require high coupling between the receiver and the transmitter'” he said. “But many devices are not able to achieve exact coupling, hence the need to expand the charging range.”

The new mid-range platform can wirelessly charge security cameras and 5G transmitters installed outside the house, without the need of through-wall cabling. It also ideal for home robots such as autonomous vacuum cleaners, which miss many time the needed position for a smooth charging process due to lack of precision.

Booming market

Powermat technology is based onelectromagnetic induction process, which creates an alternating electromagnetic field and transfers energy between a transmiter and the receiver, both of which contain an induction coil. When placed in close proximity to the transmitter, the receiver converts the electromagnetic field into electrical power. Using in-band signaling to communicate, the two units are able to regulate power levels and manage the charging.

Powermat is a pioneer of wireless charging and was the first to introduce wireless charging surfaces for smartphones. It was founded in 2006 by Ran Polyakin, Dr. Amir Ben Shalom, Dov Hirschberg and Yoav Hefer. The company has offices in Tel Aviv, Europe and the United States. It provides Qi-certified and proprietary wireless charging platforms for automotive, robotics, consumer electronics, medical devices, IoT, telecom, and Industrial applications.

The company’s inductive wireless charging technology can already be found in over 500 million devices and is deployed by global market leaders such as Samsung, LG, General Motors, Flex, Harman International and Kyocera. According to Allied Market Research, the wireless charging market will grow from $ 6.5 billion in 2018 to $ 49.3 billion by 2027, due to the proliferation of IoT devices and the increasing adoption of wireless charging  by mobile manufacturers. Kantor: “We will continue to increase the charging ranges.”

Humavox Appointed Avi Katz to Chairman

Humavox from Kfar-saba, Israel appointed Dr. Avi Katz to be the Chairman of its Board of Directors, effective immediately. Dr. Katz is a serial entrepreneur and active high-tech angel investor. Today he is the CEO and Chairman of GigCapital, Inc. (NYSE: GIG). It is a Delaware based blank check corporation (known also as a Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation or “SPAC”. The company was formed in October 2017 for the purpose of entering into a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition or other activity, as soon as the appropriate opportunity is identified.

Dr. Katz’s previous endeavor was the successful launch of a bootstrapped company called GigOptix in 2007, and the transformation of the company to GigPeak, Inc. (NYSE GIG) through a public listing, substantial rollup of strategic M&A targets, and ultimately, the sale of the company for $250 million to Integrated Device Technology (IDT) in April 2017.

Founded in 2010, Humavox have developed a unique technology for wireless chrging. Is ETERNA platform uses near-field radio frequency (RF) technology, and provides users with a simple and intuitive charging experience (“drop & charge”). Unlike the traditional Inductive charging which requires big coils and exact positioning, ETERNA can be implemented in very small devices, such as hearables, wearables and IoT devices.

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