Did Better Place end up hurting EV industry in Israel, Denmark?
Israeli drivers say Better Place's battery-swapping stations were shut down and its charging spots were disconnected, forcing drivers of electric vehicles like the Renault Fluence Z.E. to buy gas-powered vehicles to get by. And in Denmark, there are also a minimal number of charging stations in existence, while the government won't provide incentives for plug-in hybrids (only pure-electric vehicles), further hampering any efforts for that country to gain a plug-in groundswell.
Better Place has made quite a mess since going out of business. This summer, the solar pioneer "Captain Sunshine," aka Yosef Abramowitz, was set to buy the company's assets for $12 million but that fell through. Then, EV Net Group was supposed to buy the company for the low low price of $505,000 but, dang it, it missed a payment in September, causing the acquisition to be voided. The company is now being parted-out, which could get interesting.
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