• Jan 21st 2008 at 9:36AM
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We told you there would be news today of a Project Better Place+Renault deal for electric cars and sure enough, here it is. The Project Better Place website has updated with new images and information. There is a press release about the deal that says "electric vehicles will be available for customers in 2011." There is also a press conference in Jerusalem at 11:40 a.m. IST, Media Q&A at 2:00 p.m. IST and there will be a webcast available online.

So, enjoy the gallery below (Photo credits: Jay Premack, Israel Hadari, Project Better Place), explore the new Project Better Place website and try to catch the press conference webcast. If you miss it, don't worry, I will post about the details of the deal right after the press conference.

[Source: Project Better Pace]

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      • 8 Months Ago
      I like the business model:
      "Innovative business model: For the first time in the electric vehicle business, ownership of the car is separated from the requirement to own a battery. Consumers will buy and own their car and subscribe to energy, including the use of the battery, on a basis of kilometers driven. This model is similar to the way mobile phones are sold, with an initial purchase and a monthly subscription for the mobility service."
      • 8 Months Ago
      @Simon: First of all, without special infrastructure you can't charge your car in 10 minutes at your house. How fast charge could work is to have a large eesu (electrical energy storage unit) say, at a gas station, that can discharge fast enough to fill up a vehicle's eesu as quickly as it can accept the charge. The large eesu could be filled as utility capacity allows. It could also be supplemented by onsite solar electricity generation.
      The large eesu's could also help utility companies with load leveling and thereby add another revenue stream and enhance grid stabilization.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Simon, it'll be a different day rather then filling up at the local gas station. Thankfully. We will have to deal with the drain on the power grids... But maybe there is a solution much like with droughts. You know those whose last names are A-P can charge Tuesdays and Thursdays between 8 am and 6 pm. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only at night.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Does anyone know if the charging stations will charge other electric vehicles or will they only charge Renault EV?
      • 8 Months Ago
      I would imagine charging points would work with other electric cars. I'm assuming that they agree on some sort of common standard.

      @dave: Project Better Place are planning to install 500,000 charging points across Israel. The focus isn't just on battery exchange stations.
      • 8 Months Ago
      I think the money would be better spent on infrastructure like charging stations rather than battery swap stations...and better batteries. But I have to say I am glad to see a government taking EVs so seriously. I hope they prove the world wrong. Small states like RI or DC may learn a thing or two.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Simon, I read the article and saw 500-plus charging stations. My point is that they are reinventing the wheel, which I don't think is necessary. Batteries exist with ranges of 100-250 miles already, more than enough.
      • 8 Months Ago
      The whole point of the battery exchange station is to enable long distance driving beyond the range of the car.

      I have seen many people mention that you can get new batteries that will charge up in just ten minutes. This sounds great but I question how it would scale up. If for example everyone came home after work and plugged in would the power utility company actually be able to cope with such a peak load. Far better to slowly recharge a battery when its sat in a parked car or an exchange station.

      I guess we will have both solutions from different companies so it will be interesting to see how either compares in practice.
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