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    Better Place expands Tokyo battery swap trials; taxis have changed packs 2,122 times already

    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

    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

    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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    Video: Ride along as a real-world battery swap takes place in less than two minutes

    Better Place and Nihon Kotsu electric taxi project – Click above to watch video after the jump
    We're still not convinced that the whole battery swapping idea will work on a grand level, but there are countless possible benefits to such a system that we simply can't overlook. First and ...

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    More info on Better place in Denmark - you can't swap the battery if you buy it from Renault

    Project Better Place battery swap – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Aside from all the technical issues, there have also been commercial questions about exactly how Better Place's battery swapping program would work. With Renault and Better Place finally getting ready to launch ...

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    Better Place's battery-swapping electric taxi test takes off in Tokyo

    Better Place and Nihon Kotsu electric taxi project – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Better Place continues baby-stepping its way to battery-swapping domination with the launch of its 90-day trial of a trio of taxis in Tokyo. The test, implemented in conjunction with taxi firm Nihon ...

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    Better Place signs MOU with Chery Automotive, battery swapping headed to China

    Over the weekend in Beijing, electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure pioneer Better Place announced that it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China's Chery Automotive. The deal will help Better Place bring its oft-talked about battery-swapping technology along with its EV charging ...

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    Better Place, Coulomb win Edmund's Green Car Breakthrough award

    Several potential recipients lined up for first ever Green Car Breakthrough Award. Those in contention for the award included automakers such as Nissan, General Motors and Ford as well as several companies that are pioneers in the electric vehicle industry like Better Place and ...

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    Renault Fluence gains 660 pounds, 5 inches to go electric

    2012 Renault Fluence Z.E. – Click above for high-res image gallery
    A few days ago, Renault announced it had finalized the production design of its first two electric vehicles and would start taking pre-reservations for the Kangoo Express Z.E. and Fluence Z.E. The Fluence is the bigger news ...

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    Renault finalizes design of Fluence ZE and Kangoo ZE, starts taking reservations

    2012 Renault Fluence Z.E. – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Renault has just revealed the final production designs for its first two electric vehicles, the Fluence Z.E. sedan and the Kangoo Express Z.E. van. Both of these battery-powered vehicles will go on sale in Israel and Europe ...

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    Better Place will test first ever commercial battery swap later this month

    Better Place battery swapping station – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Better Place will attempt to meet another milestone in battery-swapping history by conducting its first commercial test in Tokyo later this month. If successful, the company can lay claim to the first ever ...

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    Seriously off oil: Better Place's first electric vehicle demonstration center in Israel

    Better Place has been signing deals to install its battery swapping and electric vehicle recharging station network around the world, for example, in Denmark, Tokyo and Canada. Not everyone is a fan of Better Place's methods, but now people in the company's home turf of Israel can get a closer ...

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    Is Chery designing an electric jeep for Better Place?

    In reporting on a $350 million funding round for Better Place, we said that we doubted another automaker besides Nissan-Renault is building vehicles that would work with the company's battery-swapping system. Might a report in Globes prove us wrong? According to the Israeli business news site, ...

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    Green Car Summit: all hands (almost) on deck for electric vehicles

    Yesterday's second annual Green Car Summit was not nearly as fiery as last year's discussion, and maybe that's a good thing. Once again co-moderated by Warren Brown of the Washington Post and Ron Cogan of the Green Car Journal, which sponsored the event, the panel members this year stood in ...

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    Better Place raises another $350M in series B venture funding

    A group of equity investors led by HSBC have expressed a big vote of confidence in the electric vehicle infrastructure concept being proposed by Better Place with a new $350 million funding round. The investment, which values the company at $1.25 billion, is expected to close by the end of March ...

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    Better Place's Renault Fluence EV to sell for under $20,000

    Renault Fluence ZE concept - click above for high-res image gallery
    While Better Place has made no secret of its partnership with Renault, the company has always put an emphasis on the cheap cost-per-mile aspect of their business model instead of on the cars themselves. Better Place founder and ...

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    Coulomb Technologies gets Australian distribution deal; Better Place looking Down under, too

    Building out networks of publicly accessible charging points for electric vehicles is one of the biggest business opportunities that could be produced by a large scale transition to electric vehicles. With shorter range urban vehicles being the most likely BEVs to be useful to people, they will ...

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    Better Place and DSB to pilot electric car sharing for train travelers

    Will trains and cars become the voyaging version of peanut butter and chocolate? Perhaps. Better Place is partnering with DSB, Denmark's largest rail service provider, to offer an electric car sharing service at its train terminals. The project will begin next year with a pilot program at the ...

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    Shai Agassi says EVs will be cheaper than ICE cars... sort of

    Renault Fluence Zero Emissions Concept - Click above for high-res image gallery
    We are all familiar with the technical issues facing the developers of electric cars, namely energy density and durability. However, the biggest problem likely to affect the mainstream adoption of EVs is cost. In ...

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    REPORT: Tesla Model S was designed with battery swaps in mind

    Tesla Model S - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Recently-resigned Tesla Motors engineering chief Michael Donoughe revealed an interesting tidbit of information on his way out the door. Speaking to Green Car Advisor, Donoughe said that the Model S has been designed to accommodate fast ...


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