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Suck and Fail: Project Better Place to be Liquidated

June 1st, 2013 | by Jo Borrás

Project Better Place partnered with Nissan and Renault to create a battery-swap system that would be very familiar to anyone who buys a lot of cordless power tools, but the once-promising company looks like it's headed the way of the Dodo, if reports are to be believed


Is Tesla Planning A Battery Swap Model?

May 20th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro

Even the most doubtful haters will soon have to admit that Tesla Motors has done the unthinkable; build a better electric car. While CEO Elon Musk has already hinted at what the future holds for his electric automaker, a recent filing with the SEC revealed a twist to Tesla’s plans; battery swapping


Better Place Withdraws from Australia and the United States

February 20th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown

Better Place, an organization that invented, installs, and operates electric car battery swapping stations in only 4 minutes has decided to shut down its facilities in Australia and America so that it can focus on its operations in Israel and Denmark. This does not bode well for the innovative EV infrastructure company


Better Place Delays Australian Rollout

December 26th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro

It has not been a great year for electric vehicles or the companies promoting them. Project Better Place has had a particularly rough time of it, losing their CEO amid flagging sales and delayed projects. The latest bit of news from Better Place isn’t any, well, better, as partner Renault has put its rollout of the Fluence EV sedan on “indefinite hold” in Australia while Better Place gets its act together


Romanian Team Suggests Modular EV With Swappable Gas Engine

October 5th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro

Electric cars aren’t quite ready for primetime. Blame high prices, blame their short range, blame whatever you want, but most consumers aren’t willing to try and live with an electric car just yet. But what about an electric car with an optional gas engine? That’s the idea being floated by a group of Romanians who have apparently not heard of the term “plug-in hybrid.”


Better Place Replaces CEO Shai Agassi

October 3rd, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro

Tell me if you saw this one coming; after getting off to a slower-than-expected start, shareholders in Project Better Place have outed Shai Agassi as CEO of the electric car infrastructure company. While Agassi remains a major shareholder, his replacement does not bode well for the company’s future prospects.


Battery Swapping Lets Aussie EV Go 1,172 Miles In 24 Hours

August 20th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro

Researchers the world over are trying to come up with a solution to electric vehicle recharging woes. Even 240-volt chargers can take six hours or more to recharge the battery pack of many EVs, leading some companies to pursue alternative methods of recharging, like battery swapping...and battery swapping certainly has a lot to recommend it. A team of Holden engineers has set a new 24 hour distance record for electric vehicles, going an impressive 1,172 miles in 24 hours utilizing battery swapping technology.



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