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    Better Place Israel lowers rates, gives plug-in drivers 'a simpler and better deal'

    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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    Official: Better Place-charged vehicles surpass 1 million kilometers driven

    Those who scoff at the metric system may belittle any publicity related to kilometers covered instead of miles, but we're still pretty impressed. Better Place, which is trying to build out an infrastructure for electric vehicles based on the cell phone model of leased batteries that are swapped ...

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    Tesla Supercharger network to feature solar panels, battery swapping

    Supplying energy for cars on the move is an important piece of the electric vehicle puzzle and in this regard Tesla Motors is taking a unique approach. At some time in the future – the company is not saying when, exactly – it plans to reveal what it calls its Supercharger ...

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    Report: Better Place may try an IPO within two years

    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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    Two Wheels: Taiwan plans battery swapping stations and free-use electric motorcycles

    Think of it as Better Place lite. The Taiwan government and utility companies have plans to help build 60 battery swapping stations for electric motorcycles – and by "electric motorcycles," they mean either electric scooters and/or electric motorcycles – and make 600 of the ...

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    Ask Better Place's Shai Agassi a question

    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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    Better Place to install 20 battery swap stations in Denmark by spring 2012

    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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    New details emerge on battery swap plans for Tesla Model S

    Tesla is hoping to win over potential electric vehicle drivers who suffer from range anxiety with its upcoming Model S. First, buyers will be able to choose from three different editions with varying ranges: 160 miles (which already exceeds the usual 100-mile range of most EVs), 230 miles, and a ...

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    Better Place signs deal in China; State Grid wants 2,300 swap stations installed by 2015

    Better Place has announced a strategic agreement with China Southern Power Grid Co. (CSG), the world's eighth largest utility company. The first step of the deal calls for the establishment of a battery swapping station and joint education center in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou before ...

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    Renault sticking with battery swap tech for electric Zoe

    Renault Zoe concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Scheduled to hit the market in the second half of 2012, the four-door electric Renault Zoe will reportedly be one of the first mass-produced, battery-swap capable vehicles. Despite arguments against the battery swapping ...

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    Better Place to bring battery swapping taxi program to San Francisco Bay Area

    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    Ford dismisses battery swaps

    One of the favored concepts among many electric vehicle proponents (and, most prominently, Better Place) is replaceable battery packs as a means of "rapid refueling." However, aside from Nissan-Renault, no other major automaker has expressed any interest in the idea in the near term. Even Nissan ...

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    AltCar 2009: NuTech battery swap trailer is fresh, kind of crazy

    NuTech battery swap trailer model - Click above for high-res image gallery
    The most interesting electric vehicle concept product we saw at the AltCar expo in Santa Monica this weekend was the automatic battery charger and changer from NuTech Energy Solutions. Since the idea is a new one from ...


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