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Entering a New Era in Electric Cars: CellEra & Volkswagen

CellEra’s fuel cells, along with Volkswagen’s knowledge and experience, make electric driving cheaper and precious metals redundant

CellEra’s technology will enable the production of the ultimate electric vehicle: with a range of 500 km, five minutes to refuel and most importantly – without the use of precious metals, such as platinum.

“Electric drive vehicles powered by fuel cells allow for a full driving range and quick refueling, but require platinum to manufacture. This makes them extremely expensive and creates an obstacle when approaching the market,” says CellEra CEO Ziv Gottesfeld.

“Our technology – no-platinum, membrane-based fuel cells – will eliminate the need for precious metals and make fuel cell technology cheaper and more accessible.”

Volkswagen Jumped on the Wagon

The innovative development drew the attention of several international automobile manufacturers, including the German company Volkswagen. “Our expertise was stationary fuel cells, but fuel cells are the perfect solution for vehicles,” says Gottesfeld.

“When we offered Volkswagen to jump on the wagon and join an international collaborative project, they gladly accepted.”

Today, the two companies are in the process of research and development of the new technology, within the framework of the European EUREKA program. “We are leaps ahead of any other company in the field in bringing this technology to the market,” boasts Gottesfeld. “This collaboration is close to making us world leaders in the field of mobile fuel cells."

An Impressive Package for New Developers ahead of its time, the “

"It’s a tremendously helpful environment,” Gottesfeld says, attesting for the Office of the Chief Scientist and MATIMOP. “There’s a clear schedule and a deeper commitment to the project.” The work with Volkswagen also exposed CellEra to up-until-then inaccessible data and information.

“The collaboration allowed for a much quicker introduction to the market and target consumers. We saved a considerable amount of time on market research,” adds Gottesfeld. “I heartily recommend international collaboration,” Gottesfeld concludes. “The international framework creates a superb infrastructure for the advancement of the company and the technology. Of course, when presented with this sort of package – the Chief scientist and MATIMOP, EUREKA and Volkswagen – new investors are extremely impressed.”