Gallery: Better Place Makes Electric Vehicle Grids a Reality

 

Lately the Better Place electric vehicle network has been expanding at an incredible rate, with Hawaii recently signing on for an electric vehicle grid and Israel recently unveiling the first completed plug-in charging spot. We recently touched upon the company when we covered California‘s plans to become the electric vehicle capital of the US, but we wanted to go into more detail about Better Place and how their innovative electric vehicle network would work.

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  1. elbiler September 16, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Here in Denmark we already have quite a few charge spots. By April 2012 we will have 20 battery swap stations, which will cover the entire country :)

    Best Regards

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  4. Bridgette Steffen December 16, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    As far as I know, Better Place’s plan is not to be exclusive with car manufacturers or batteries, I think their whole goal is to get as many companies involved in order to make it universal. Every manufacturer that wants to play though will, of course, have to meet Better Place’s standards. Hopefully this is in fact how it happens, because it will encourage competition and cost reductions for the consumer.

  5. JOAO December 16, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Hi Bridgette !
    Shai Agassi also signed the same agreement for a Better Place network in Lisbon (Portugal), my home.
    Do you know if the plugs of such network will be opened for the various EV’s we expect soon in the market, or has Mr Agassi chosen a proprietary system, for example exclusive to his deal with Renault-Nissan ?
    I really hope Better Place also stands for freedom of choice.

  6. bernice paul December 11, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    I agree with Anna, I hope the source of electricity is renewable.
    Can you imagine if the Big 3 in the US were even HINTING at going this way? Would we feel a bit better about their pleas for a bailout? Thomas Friedman wrote a great post in his NY Times column yesterday about this… highly recommended complementary discussion to this post.

  7. anna December 11, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    now it would be amazing if the electricity you used to charge the car came from renewable sources…… otherwise we’re just redirecting the problem

  8. fritter December 10, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Call me jaded, but all I see when I look at those “plug-in” stations is teen vandals getting a kick out of unplugging cars as they walk down the street….

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