It’s a bit strange to be walking around a room full of plants that have a name, but that’s exactly what happened at the 2015 International Plant Expo in Dubai.
The expo is a big part of the Dubai Future Futures Expo, a trade show that’s held every three years.
The show was about showcasing emerging technologies that are being sold to the public, but it was also an opportunity to see how the plant-based world is progressing.
Hoya, a kind of “plant-friendly” electric car, was on display in an exhibit called the Electric Vehicle Industry Showcase.
“We wanted to showcase the world’s leading electric vehicle companies that are building the next generation of EVs and battery technology,” said Ahmed Shabbash, the company’s CEO.
That meant Hoya was on the main stage of the show, along with several other electric car startups and some automotive suppliers.
“It was a very exciting experience for us to see this growing industry, to see that our products were going to become a viable and affordable alternative for the people,” Shabbay said.
“The real story of our company is not about our electric vehicles, but the fact that we’re the ones who are helping the world transition away from fossil fuels.”
Hoya’s products are designed to run on the battery of an electric car.
Its battery is made of a combination of a liquid metal called cadmium chloride and a metal called carbon nanotubes.
The cadmia-containing electrolyte can be pumped through a tube, where it’s converted into hydrogen gas.
When that hydrogen gas reaches the battery, it is compressed and used as a power source.
“When we say our products are for the electric car industry, it’s really not,” Shiffa said.
The company makes its hydrogen-gas batteries using a special process that can be automated.
The process involves an extremely small amount of material, which the company uses to make the electrodes.
The metal electrodes are then carefully machined.
“At the moment, we use a different type of material and process for the electrodes that can produce higher electrical conductivity and better performance than traditional batteries,” Shishak said.
And while Hoya says that its batteries have more energy density than other electric cars on the market, that’s not what matters to the consumer.
“What we are doing is making the most power out of the most energy,” Shiba said.
But how much energy does a battery need to produce?
That depends on the power output of the battery.
“Battery energy is the amount of energy it can store,” Shifasaid.
“If you look at the average electric vehicle that you are buying, the battery is probably about one-third of that.”
That’s why the company is trying to develop batteries that can store more power and use less power.
It has been able to make that transition by focusing on the batteries themselves.
“With the introduction of new technologies and products, we are able to take advantage of new and emerging technologies,” Shiabesh said.
So, for example, Hoya has developed a battery with a “smart” circuit that is designed to make sure it’s not being drained or overcharged.
Shifah’s battery can be charged in the morning and at night, and can also store the power generated by a solar panel.
It’s also able to charge from the inside.
The electric car battery also has a “carbon footprint,” which is a measure of how much carbon dioxide it releases when it’s charging.
“Our technology is also very flexible and we have a wide range of charging and discharging capabilities,” Shibbash said.
For instance, the Hoya battery can recharge at night and charge from any location, even from the road.
The next step for the company, Shiba added, is to make batteries that have “low” energy density and can be stored in vehicles.
The Hoya batteries can charge at night but charge from a wall outlet.
“In the future, we plan to use batteries that are less energy dense and have low energy consumption,” Shiban said.
While Hoya may not be the only company working on battery technologies, it may be the company to watch.
There are many other companies working on the same type of technologies.
In fact, there are so many that it’s hard to know which one is best.
But for Shiba, the future is clear.
“I think that in 20 years from now, electric cars are going to be the main mode of transportation,” he said.