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Today, in Israel, in the parking lot at the Cinema City in Pi-Glilot, Better Place unveiled about a dozen and a half sleek blue and white charging spots, each capable of charging two vehicles, the first in what will be a network of 400 charging spots and battery swapping stations throughout Tel Aviv. While mass-produced electric cars won't be available for purchase in Israel until 2011, Better Place plans to have their infrastructure of 100,000 charge spots across the small country in place by 2010. Because the batteries that will be used in electric cars for sale in Israel will have a range of 100 to 125 miles, and will need between three and four hours to fully charge, the combination of charging spots and battery-swapping stations is key to the success of the infrastructure and the industry as a whole: consumers won't buy an electric vehicle unless they know for certain it can get them where they need to go, AND back.

Better places hopes to install these charge spots and battery-swapping stations in designated parking lots in residential areas, as well as large work-places, such as IBM and Axelrod.

Source: A Better Place