ŠKODA AUTO and Chakratec announce collaboration for kinetic charging


Chakratec, a kinetic energy storage company and ŠKODA AUTO a.s., have announced a collaboration and presented the first-ever kinetic power charging of the all-new ŠKODA SUPERB IV. 

ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab Israel Ltd commenced operation at the beginning of 2018 and has since made excellent connections in Tel Aviv’s local start-up and tech scene. Together with great partners, the spin-off of the Prague-based ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab – which was set up by ŠKODA AUTO and its Israeli importer, Champion Motors – has been developing a multitude of different digital mobility services as well as IT technologies including innovative hardware and software solutions. 

As part of the collaboration, ŠKODA AUTO a.s. CEO Mr Bernhard Maier visited Chakratec HQ in Lod last week together with ŠKODA AUTO a.s. and ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab management team and demonstrated the first-ever kinetic charging of the all-new ŠKODA SUPERB IV. 

In his key-note speech at the Smart Mobility Summit in Tel Aviv ŠKODA AUTO a.s. CEO Mr Bernhard Maier announced: “Chakratec is another exciting example: this start-up has developed the first kinetic charging station. The technology absorbs peak loads in the power grid and makes it possible to operate ultra-fast charging stations even in remote locations. The ingenious thing about it is that it’s 100% mechanical, and so it does not require chemical batteries, making it particularly environmentally friendly. Soon, we will be launching the first charging station of its kind in Prague. And many others are in the pipeline.”

Chakratec provides an optimal solution for the EV charging eco-system, circumventing the problem of insufficient power in the grid at locations where fast charging is required. This is done by applying Chakratec’s Kinetic Power Booster (KPB) based on their unique and patented Kinetic Energy Storage system, which enables the deployment of fast and ultra-fast EV charging station anywhere, including locations with a weak grid.

Nir Zohar, Co-founder and Chief Customer Officer at Chakratec said “We are very proud to collaborate with an innovative automotive company such as ŠKODA AUTO a.s. and to bring our kinetic storage system to the growing EV Czech market. Our kinetic storage system provides practically an unlimited number of charge and discharge cycles – making the charging infrastructure both economic and environmental when comparing to chemical storage systems. Chakratec is ready and excited to be Boosting eMobility together with our new partner – ŠKODA AUTO a.s.”

About Chakratec

Chakratec, established in 2013, brings to the energy storage market an innovative patented kinetic energy storage solution based on a flywheel concept. This solution is applied to enable fast EV charging anywhere and other power applications requiring high power and capacity. Chakratec is accelerating its sales activities and is looking for partners and projects worldwide.

About ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab Israel

ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab Israel, an Israeli spin-off of ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab Prague Ltd, started its work at the beginning of 2018. Just like the Prague-based lab, it aims to use local knowledge to strengthen ŠKODA AUTO’s development expertise in digitalization. The joint venture with the Israeli ŠKODA importer, Champion Motors, works on innovative ideas, assists ŠKODA AUTO in identifying new hardware and software solutions, and develops products for the individual mobility of the future. The aim is to develop new business models with start-ups that have a certain degree of maturity and technology companies. Hardware innovations as well as the digitalization of the company and all its company processes are another focus.

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Chakratec is exhibiting at the EUW 2019 expo in Paris, 12-14/11, you are invited to meet them at booth N96.