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    Report: Better Place off to slow start in Israel market, says it's all part of the plan
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    Based on the early numbers, Better Place is having a tough time meetings its initial sales target in its primary market of Israel of 4,000 electric vehicles in the first year, but the official word is that the slow start is meeting expectations. How slow? Since selling the first vehicles in July ...

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    Report: Campaign adviser's tough job: Get Mitt Romney to support EVs
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    If you're campaigning for Mitt Romney and believe in the electrification of transportation, you're kind of between a rock and a hard place. While Romney previously had supported electric and other non-petroleum vehicles, more recently, he's shifted his focus to freedom from foreign oil through ...

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    Official: Better Place gets $50 million loan from European Investment Bank
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    Things just got a little better for Better Place. The electric-vehicle battery-swapping company said Tuesday that it received a 40-million euro (U.S. $50 million) loan from the European Investment Bank, marking the company's first credit line after raising all of its existing funding in the form ...

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    Better Place Israel lowers rates, gives plug-in drivers 'a simpler and better deal'
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    Better Place waited until its fleet of Renault Fluence plug-in vehicles was just about officially, commercially operational in Israel before letting customers know that the cost to drive the vehicles will be less than expected. Better Place's official launch, which happened this past weekend, ...

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    Report: Better Place may try an IPO within two years
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    Electric vehicle "miles" company Better Place will likely go public within two years to take advantage of what many expect will be broader electric-vehicle adoption throughout the world, Bloomberg News reported, citing an interview with company founder Shai Agassi last week. Better Place will ...

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    Report: Better Place starts Renault EV deliveries in Israel
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    Better Place, the Silicon Valley company founded by former high-tech executive and Israel native Shai Agassi in 2007, has delivered the first 100 electric cars to Israeli customers. After years of tests and trial programs, the deliveries mark a big step in the company's efforts to build out an ...

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    Official: Better Place signs deal with rental company in Israel
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    If you want to try out one of Better Place's electric vehicles, you'd have to move to a country where the project is establishing its infrastructure or else wait for it to come to your neighborhood. At least that's how it was looking until now. Because the latest announcement from the ...

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    Better Place gets $200 million investment, now valued at $2.25 billion
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    Better Place continues to play the investment alphabet game, with the company's Series C funding round netting $200 million of new financing from the likes of General Electric Co (not a surprise at all) and UBS. Even though many in the automotive industry are still skeptical of Better Place's ...

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    Ask Better Place's Shai Agassi a question
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    Recently, Ecomagination, General Electric's cleantech and sustainable infrastructure website, interviewed Shai Agassi, the founder and chief executive officer of battery swap specialist Better Place. Questions centered on how Better Place will forever change the notion that electric vehicles are ...

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    Touring the Better Place Visitor Center in Tel Aviv
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    A quick spin in the Laguna EV at the epicenter of the Better Place project Ask any addict why they don't quit, and they'll probably tell you it comes down to one sticking point. The addiction could be to caffeine or cocaine, but whatever the excuse – from work stress and social factors to ...

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    Project Better Place taking heat on its home turf
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    Better Place is headquartered in Israel and the battery-swapping EV enterprise has been held up as an example of that nation's high-tech capabilities. So, seeing the company take a beating in an Israeli newspaper may seem surprising. But that's just what journalist Dan Rabinowitz did in ...

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    Better Place to install 20 battery swap stations in Denmark by spring 2012
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    Over in Denmark, Better Place just unveiled Europe's first battery swap station. The celebratory event, held in the city of Gladsaxe, gives us an indication that Better Place is slowly but surely inching towards its goal of installing 20 swap stations and a nationwide charging infrastructure ...

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    Better Place CEO: "Biggest obstacle to electric cars is auto industry"
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    The founder and CEO of Better Place, Shai Agassi, said the biggest hurdle he needs to jump in getting electric vehicles to the masses isn't technological: it's the skepticism of big automakers. In an interview with EurActiv's Noelle Knox, Agassi said:

    We're fighting a lot of pre-conceived ...

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    In deep with Better Place: how to profit while swapping batteries selling miles
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    Renault Fluence Z.E. – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Some of the people who work for Better Place see their job as something bigger than themselves. Take, for example, Jason Wolf, North American vice president, John Proctor, communications and Michael Granoff, head of oil ...

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    Better Place to bring battery swapping taxi program to San Francisco Bay Area
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    After several months of successful operation in Tokyo, Better Place has decided that it's time for its switchable battery technology to make the trip to the Bay Area in California. Over the next three years, Better Place, with support from the U.S. Department of Transportation and other key ...

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    Better Place prices Renault Fluence at $38,400 in Denmark; battery pack extra *UPDATE
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    Renault Fluence Z.E. – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The world's first mass-produced electric car with swappable battery capability, the Renault Fluence Z.E., will stroll into the Danish market as the leaves hits the ground (i.e., autumn) in 2011. The vehicle will be offered to ...

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    GE, Better Place team up to accelerate global EV infrastructure
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    General Electric, which recently unveiled its electric vehicle (EV) charger called the WattStation, has teamed up with battery swap specialist Better Place to accelerate the adoption of a global EV infrastructure. The duo will attack the industry on all fronts. Under the partnership, GE and ...

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    Better Place expands Tokyo battery swap trials; taxis have changed packs 2,122 times already
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    After announcing the completion of a three-month field test of its battery swapping system, Better Place has decided to keep the program running until at least late November. Three converted Nissan Rogues have been operating as taxis in central Tokyo, stopping by the Better Place quick change ...

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    Renault Fluence Z.E. field tests begin in Israel
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    Renault Fluence Z.E. – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Sometime in 2011, Israel and Denmark will be the first markets where drivers of electric vehicles will be able to stop by a quick-change station for a freshly charged energy unit. Only one car will be compatible with the battery ...

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    Better Place finishes successful Tokyo taxi battery swap trials, Israel and Denmark are next
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    Electric vehicle infrastructure provider Better Place has concluded a three-month field test in Tokyo to prove its battery swapping technology works as promised. In cooperation with Nissan and battery supplier A123 System, three Rogue crossovers were converted to electric drive and given ...

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