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The Epic Failure Of Better Place, As Covered By Fast Company

The Epic Failure Of Better Place, As Covered By Fast Company

The remarkable scope, overwhelming ambition, and epic failure of the Better Place electric-car service in Israel is worthy of a book, or several. But until one appears, Fast Company magazine has produced the most comprehensive article yet on the founding--and foundering--of the great Better Place... read more

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Low-battery red warning light on Better Place Renault Fluence ZE, Israel

100 Days With A Better Place Electric Car: Likes & Dislikes

It's been a little more than 100 days since I drove away in my first electric car, a Renault Fluence ZE, as one of the first 100 private paying customers of the Better Place... read more September 13, 2012 by  10


 
Nissan battery-switch prototype development vehicles, Better Place, Palo Alto, CA, July 2012

Better Place Parking Lot: Ideas For Nissan Rogue Test Mules?

Sometimes you see remarkable cars in corporate parking lots. This photo, for instance, sent to us by a reader who prefers to remain anonymous, shows five Nissan compact... read more July 31, 2012 by  3


 
Renault Fluence ZE charging at Better Place pubic charge spots in Israel [photo: Brian of London]

How Do Public Charging Stations Fit Into Better Place Service?

Electric-car drivers in the U.S. are now asking, What is a fair price value for use of public Level 2 charging stations? In the U.S. and Europe, multiple networks of... read more July 20, 2012 by  10


 
2012 Renault Fluence ZE electric car, powered by Better Place in Israel [photo: Brian of London]

Better Place Electric Renault Fluence ZE In Israel: 1st Week

It's been just over a week since I picked up my all-electric Renault Fluence ZE--one of 110 Better Place customers to do so during May, according to the company. I've now put... read more May 30, 2012 by  13


 
Better Place Battery Switching Test, Yokohama Japan

Fast Charging Vs Battery Switching: Better Place Customer Compares

By far the most reasonable use for electric cars charged at home is for a regular commute. If the return journey is less than the range of the car, electric cars make... read more May 8, 2012 by  13


 
Better Place user David Rose w/keys to Renault Fluence ZE electric car in Israel [photo: David Rose]

Early Better Place Customer On Israel Electric-Car Experience

With no local fanfare or announcements, electric car network provider Better Place has started delivering cars to its first paying customers in Israel. One the first... read more April 12, 2012 by  21


 
Electric Car Battery Swapping- Chinese Style

Say Hello To Electric Car Battery Swaps, Chinese Style

We all know that one of the biggest challenges facing electric cars is the fact that recharging a battery pack is orders of magnitude slower than filling a gasoline... read more August 2, 2011 by  3


 
Better Place Israel CEO Moshe Kaplinsky displays the first electric parking lot in Israel.

Bureaucrats Banish Better Place Because Charging Stations Aren’t Green

Did you hear about the Danish town where everything has to be Green? No, neither did we - until just now. Enter Frederiksberg Town Council, which has vetoed the installation... read more July 18, 2011 by  4


 
Better Place battery-swap demonstration

Better Place Shows Off Europe's First Battery Switch Station

Better Place has moved a bit further down the road in its quest to corner the electric vehicle market. In Denmark, the company has just unveiled Europe's first Battery Switch... read more June 29, 2011 by  16


 
Better Place battery-swap demonstration

Better Place: First Battery Swap Station, Profit In 2 Years?

Better Place, the ambitious program that's launching its electric-car service in Israel, opened its first battery-swap station there on Wednesday. At an event marking the... read more March 25, 2011 by  10


 
Think City electric vehicle

Leasing And Swapping Electric-Car Batteries: Will It Happen?

New-car buyers are already faced with a barrage of service contract offers, including extra-cost extended maintenance guarantees. In the future, proposes Charles... read more January 24, 2011 by  15


 
Renault Fluence ZE production electric sedan

Is There a Business Case for Electric-Car Battery Lease or Swap?

As 2010 draws to a close, we now have shipments of the 2011 Nissan LEAF and the 2011 Chevy Volt to customers around the United States. With the advent of these vehicles, is... read more December 22, 2010 by  31


 
Better Place Battery Switching Test, Yokohama Japan

Want to Hail An Electric Taxi Cab? Head for San Francisco

Urban taxi service may be the equal of any proving-ground torture test. Taxis are driven hard, up to 20 hours a day, and must handle both bad roads and bad drivers. Those... read more October 29, 2010 by  7


 
Nissan electric taxi leaving Better Place battery switching station, Tokyo, April 2010

Better Place Launches Battery-Swap Test In Four Tokyo Taxis

This past Monday, the electric-vehicle infrastructure provider Better Place held a press conference in Tokyo at the site of its first completed battery-swap station to be put... read more April 29, 2010 by  2


 
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