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Renault Samsung SM3 ZE electric sedan: battery upgrade gives 130-mile range in Korean tests

Renault Samsung SM3 ZE electric sedan: battery upgrade gives 130-mile range in Korean tests

Frequently, cars withdrawn from one market live on in another, sometimes for years. Those vehicles may even be upgraded with newer technology in the older body. Consider that the first-generation Volkswagen Golf launched in 1974, for example, lived on in South Africa until 2009 as the VW CitiGolf... read more

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Photo of Tesla Model S battery swapping versus 'fastest gas pump in LA' tweeted by Elon Musk

Tesla Says One Battery-Swapping Site Will Go Live In December

For more than a year, Tesla Motors has promised to open battery-swapping stations. It first demonstrated the technology over year ago, but little progress has been seen since... read more October 16, 2014 by


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

Electric Car Life-Cycle Analysis: Renault Fluence ZE Vs Diesel, Gas Models

The environmental impact of plug-in electric cars is a source for much debate these days. They use less energy on a wells-to-wheels carbon basis than the vast majority of new... read more October 3, 2014 by


 
Photo of Tesla Model S battery swapping versus 'fastest gas pump in LA' tweeted by Elon Musk

Tesla Model S Battery Swapping: Will It Ever Actually Arrive?

Exactly a year ago, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk presided over a flashy demonstration in which the battery pack of a Tesla Model S electric car was apparently swapped from... read more June 17, 2014 by


 
Better Place Battery Swapping

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... read more April 28, 2014 by


 
Better Place battery-swap demonstration

Standardized Electric-Car Battery Swapping Won't Happen: Here's Why

Standardized batteries are one of the great consumer goods: Who hasn't bought a pack of AA or AAA cells for some consumer-electronics device by now? The idea that... read more March 18, 2014 by


 
Parking lot

How To Site Electric-Car Charging Stations? It's The Parking, Stupid

With the recent bankruptcies of charging-station network Ecotality and Israeli electric-car service Better Place, plug-in advocates have quietly discussed whether any... read more October 21, 2013 by


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

Better Place Obit Asks: Has Tesla Done What Israel Couldn't?

This is a tale of two electric-car companies. One, Better Place, declared bankruptcy back in May, and doesn't appear to be getting back on its feet anytime soon. Last week... read more October 15, 2013 by


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

Shai Agassi Weighs In On The Lessons Of Tesla & Electric Cars

Shai Agassi, founder of the now-defunct Better Place electric-car service in Israel, hasn't been in the public eye much of late. But on the business network LinkedIn this... read more August 19, 2013 by


 
Better Place Battery Swap Station

Better Place Lives On? 15 Battery-Swap Stations To Stay Open

When companies like Tesla Motors start talking battery-swapping technology, you get the feeling Israeli firm Better Place just hit the market too soon. Although Better Place... read more July 17, 2013 by 4


 
Photo of Tesla Model S battery swapping versus 'fastest gas pump in LA' tweeted by Elon Musk

UPDATE: Musk Posts Photo Of Tesla Model S Battery Swap Video

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk confirmed that a press event to be held this Thursday evening will demonstrate battery-swapping for the Tesla Model S. The mode of communication... read more June 20, 2013 by 70


 
Better Place Battery Swap Station

Possible Savior For Better Place Electric-Car Network Emerges In Israel

Battery-swapping Israeli-based electric car network Better Place might have found a buyer, following its bankruptcy filings last week. Solar entrepreneur Yosef Abramowitz... read more June 3, 2013 by 1


 
Facelifted 2013 Renault Fluence electric sedan

Renault's Electric Car Plans Unfazed By Better Place Bankruptcy

That battery-swapping electric infrastructure firm Better Place filed for bankruptcy at the weekend won't come as a surprise to many. The firm has struggled to find customers... read more May 27, 2013 by 4


 
Better Place visitor center [photo: Brian of London]

Better Place Electric-Car Service Files For Bankruptcy

Better Place, the electric-car service that pioneered battery swapping for passenger cars, filed for bankruptcy yesterday in Israel. A statement on the Better Place website... read more May 26, 2013 by 39


 
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


 
2013 Tesla Model S

Is Tesla About To Offer Battery-Pack Swapping For Model S?

Last week, one day after Consumer Reports called the Model S the best car it had tested since 2007, Tesla quietly announced that it will make the car a whole lot better. On... read more May 14, 2013 by 49


 

 
 

 
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