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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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Better Place Renault Fluence ZE on the streets of Jerusalem

One Year With Better Place: Electric-Car Driver's Report

Today marks my first anniversary driving a Better Place Renault Fluence ZE battery-electric car. So it seemed appropriate to summarize my experience to date with the Better... read more May 21, 2013 by  5


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

How's Better Place Doing In Israel These Days?

The Better Place electric-car system has not had a good run of news lately. But despite little attention, it has managed to boost the sales rate in Israel for its cars, along... read more May 13, 2013 by  10


 
Citroen test car fitted with Phinergy prototype aluminum-air battery

Phinergy 1000-Mile Aluminum-Air Battery: On The Road In 2017?

It's the sweetest dream of every electric-car fan: a battery that could store enough energy to offer up to 1,000 miles of real-world range. While it's not going to arrive in... read more March 25, 2013 by  43


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

Better Place Electric-Car Service: Few Users, More Turmoil

Much publicity, high hopes, and hundreds of millions of dollars have been devoted to the Better Place electric-car service. Now, with an apparent dearth of Israeli customers... read more November 19, 2012 by  14


 
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


 
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]

One Way Better Place Wins In Israel: Actual Customer Service

After five weeks driving a Better Place electric car in Israel, I'm gaining a deeper insight into the company's plans. The Better Place annual subscription model, including... read more July 2, 2012 by  5


 
Renault Fluence ZE charging at Better Place charge point in apartment bldg [photo: Brian of London]

What's The Real Cost of a Better Place Electric Car in Israel?

Since buying my Better Place Renault Fluence ZE in Israel, I'm frequently asked about the price. I bought the car because I liked the way it drove and thought it would save... read more June 13, 2012 by  24


 
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 Swap Station

Better Place Electric-Car Battery Swapping: Live Report

Electric-car infrastructure firm Better Place has spent the past few years creating some serious waves in the electric car world with grandiose claims that it can make... read more May 11, 2012 by  27


 
Renault Fluence ZE electric cars in Israel, provided by Better Place [photo: Better Place]

Does Better Place Have A Monopoly On Electric Cars In Israel?

The electric vehicle world is watching the rollout of Better Place's electric-car network in Israel with interest, but some have asked whether Better Place has an effective... read more April 24, 2012 by  22


 
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


 
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


 
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


 
Renault EV Concepts

Report: Launching Renault EVs With Better Place in Denmark

Living in Denmark, I was recently able to sign up for a Renault Fluence Electric Vehicle, and was subsequently assigned # 25 on the waiting list. I also arranged an interview... read more April 28, 2010 by  3


 
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