Israel

  • Better Place 2012 Renault Fluence ZE just before return to Renault [photo: Brian of London]

    It is just over five years since I bought my Better Place Renault 2012 Fluence ZE in Israel—and a little over five months since I returned it to Israel’s Renault importer for a cash settlement. By that time, the 22-kilowatt-hour battery capacity was down to 11.3 kwh, and a warning light had been on continuously since July 2016. I gave up on my first electric car, and switched to a Hyundai hybrid. DON'T MISS: Early Better Place Customer On Israel Electric-Car Experience (Apr 2012) That’s exactly what two men—Better Place CEO, Shai Agassi and Carlos Ghosn, CEO of the...

  • StoreDot shows fast-charging battery cell, Cube Tech Fair, Berlin [via Periscope: Gruendermetropole]
    Israeli firm StoreDot claims battery with 5-minute charging time

    It's one of the Holy Grails for battery researchers and electric-car advocates alike: a battery that could recharge in the same amount of time as it takes to stop for gasoline. Some of that can be provided by charging at higher rates, as Porsche's proposed 800-volt system for 15-minute fast...

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    Peugeot tests Aquarius Engines electric-car range extender

    PSA Peugeot Citroën is testing electric-car range extenders from Israeli startup Aquarius.

  • 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 Company magazine has produced the most comprehensive article yet on the founding--and foundering--of the great Better Place...

  • Citroen test car fitted with Phinergy prototype aluminum-air battery
    Aluminum-Air Battery Developer Phinergy Partners With Alcoa

    Phinergy and Alcoa will work to commercialize the Israeli startup's aluminum-air battery technology.

  • Tel Aviv, Israel, free of traffic during Yom Kippur holiday [photo: Brian of London]
    Surprise: Take Cars Off Roads, Air Gets Much, Much Clearer

    It stands to reason: Take all vehicles off the roads, and the air will get cleaner. But now we can answer the question, "How much?" And it turns out that the answer is, "A lot." In a new paper, A national day with near zero emissions and its effect on primary and secondary pollutants, published in...

  • Better Place visitor center [photo: Brian of London]

    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 said it had applied to a court for an orderly dissolution of the company to protect "the rights of its employees, customers and creditors." Today is the first business day of the week in Israel. Over its five years of existence, Better Place raised roughly $800 million in venture capital and assistance from national governments in multiple countries. The service finally launched in Israel early last year, and since then it...

  • 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 Place service, which has had some challenges but is still very much in operation. I paid around $45,000 upfront for my car and...

  • 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 with subscriptions to its battery-switching service. Deliveries for all of 2012 were 518 cars. Roughly the first 100 were...

  • 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 showrooms any time soon, Israeli startup Phinergy thinks its aluminum-air energy storage device might just be that battery...

  • 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 to sign on the dotted line, the company is turning over its management. Deputy CEO departs The latest defection is deputy CEO...

  • 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 company in Israel. Here's the rundown of how I've used the car, including my likes and dislikes. In 113 days, I've covered...

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

    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 charging-spot providers have proliferated. Some are or were free, others offer a variety of payment terms, authentication systems, and cards or fobs. Payments in advance, by PayPal, mobile phone, and other methods are all being tried. In Israel, the Better Place electric-car service sees a different role for public Level 2 charging stations, given that it has set up its own networked system of home-charging and battery switch...

  • 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 service and support, costs more than the U.S. practice of buying an electric car outright and charging it at home. How...

  • 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 me money. I had been looking for a new car, but had no intention of buying a green model as such. I was quickly satisfied that...

  • 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 on 430 all-electric miles in nine days of driving. I've charged the car predominantly at home, with a couple of extra...

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    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 electric cars as convenient to use as gasoline ones. Alongside its fully integrated smart-grid network of charging stations...

  • 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 monopoly on electric cars granted by the Israeli Government. Better Place says its service and its cars compete with gasoline...

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

    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 customers is David Rose, who reserved his car in October 2011. His home charging spot was installed a month after he submitted his reservation, and he waited until last week to receive his car. Better Place has had a fleet of around 100 Renault Fluence ZE cars in the hands of employees since January, who use them on the country's roads. In Israel, Better Place sells the Renault sedan without a battery. The sale is combined with a...

  • 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 opening, CEO Shai Agassi said the company would be profitable within two years of starting to provide mobility services to its...

  • 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 into regular usage, in the Ropongi Hills area. Together with Nihon Kotsu, Tokyo's largest taxi company, the company will...

  • 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 with Soren Hyltoft from Renault Denmark to get answers to my many questions about how the Fluence EV program and the...

  • Renault Fluence EZ concept, 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show
    Driving Electric To Cost No More Than Using Gas, Says Better Place

    Driving a mile on electricity always costs less than using gasoline for the same mile. Now Better Place, the consortium wiring Israel with electric-car recharging stations and battery quick-swap facilities, has upped the ante: They claim their electric cars will cost $4,500 to $7,500 less than...