Elon Musk says that Tesla will bring online its first battery swapping station in the next two months after remaining mum on the subject since last year.
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Called the “Modular Battery Exchange and Active Management” (M-BEAM) system, this battery swapping system could lower EV costs $10,000 or more.
One little discussed casualty of the closure of Better Place is the Renault Fluence Z.E., which gets a second chance at life thanks to China.
How would you run a whole country without oil? Israeli entrepreneur Shai Agassi wanted to find out, and the result was a company called A Better Place.
Just two years ago, Shai Agassi’s innovative battery-swapping electric automaker/infrastructure builder Project Better Place was valued at around $2 billion. But this past May the company filed for bankruptcy as sales for their special Renault-built, battery-swappable EVs failed to materialize. This week an Israeli businessman bought Project Better Place for just $450,000, a sad final […]
Is there a sustainable business model for public charging points? The answer is no, not really, and if anybody should be providing customers charging points, it’s the automakers selling the EVs.
Saved! Israeli businessman Yosef Abramowitz (owner of Arava Power, a solar energy provider in the region) seems set to buy Project Better Place’s Israeli assets and bring them under his Sunrise SL corporate umbrella.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.”