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AddBetter Place expands Tokyo battery swap trials; taxis have changed packs 2,122 times already

After announcing the completion of a three-month field test of its battery swapping system, Better Place has decided to keep the program running until at least late November. Three converted Nissan Rogues have been operating as taxis in central Tokyo, stopping by the Better Place quick change station for regular battery swaps. During the first three months of the program, the taxis accumulated over 25,000 miles and swapped batteries 2,122 times.

AddRenault Fluence Z.E. field tests begin in Israel

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AddBetter Place finishes successful Tokyo taxi battery swap trials, Israel and Denmark are next

Electric vehicle infrastructure provider Better Place has concluded a three-month field test in Tokyo to prove its battery swapping technology works as promised. In cooperation with Nissan and battery supplier A123 System, three Rogue crossovers were converted to electric drive and given replaceable batteries. The battery-powered Rogues were used as taxis in the Japanese capital and had their 17 kilowatt-hour batteries replaced several times a day. In the test form, the Rogue EV has a real world

AddVideo: Ride along as a real-world battery swap takes place in less than two minutes

Better Place and Nihon Kotsu electric taxi project – Click above to watch video after the jump

AddBetter Place's battery-swapping electric taxi test takes off in Tokyo

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AddBetter Place signs MOU with Chery Automotive, battery swapping headed to China

Over the weekend in Beijing, electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure pioneer Better Place announced that it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China's Chery Automotive. The deal will help Better Place bring its oft-talked about battery-swapping technology along with its EV charging infrastructure over to China.

AddRenault Fluence gains 660 pounds, 5 inches to go electric

2012 Renault Fluence Z.E. – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddRenault finalizes design of Fluence ZE and Kangoo ZE, starts taking reservations

2012 Renault Fluence Z.E. – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddBetter Place will test first ever commercial battery swap later this month

Better Place battery swapping station – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddSeriously off oil: Better Place's first electric vehicle demonstration center in Israel

Better Place has been signing deals to install its battery swapping and electric vehicle recharging station network around the world, for example, in Denmark, Tokyo and Canada. Not everyone is a fan of Better Place's methods, but now people in the company's home turf of Israel can get a closer look at what the deal is with the opening of the company's first electric vehicle (EV) demonstration center in Israel. To make the point totally clear that plug-in vehicles are a way to get off oil, the ce

AddIs Chery designing an electric jeep for Better Place?

In reporting on a $350 million funding round for Better Place, we said that we doubted another automaker besides Nissan-Renault is building vehicles that would work with the company's battery-swapping system. Might a report in Globes prove us wrong? According to the Israeli business news site, the "Chinese media" has disclosed that the Chery-Quantum joint venture (a 50 percent stake of which is held by Israel Corp., Better Place's chief investor) is designing a compact electric jeep at a studio

AddGreen Car Summit: all hands (almost) on deck for electric vehicles

Yesterday's second annual Green Car Summit was not nearly as fiery as last year's discussion, and maybe that's a good thing.

AddBetter Place raises another $350M in series B venture funding

A group of equity investors led by HSBC have expressed a big vote of confidence in the electric vehicle infrastructure concept being proposed by Better Place with a new $350 million funding round. The investment, which values the company at $1.25 billion, is expected to close by the end of March and includes $125 million from HSBC for a ten percent stake in Better Place. Better Place still plans to deploy nationwide networks of charging points and battery exchange stations in Israel and Denmark

AddBetter Place's Renault Fluence EV to sell for under $20,000

Renault Fluence ZE concept - click above for high-res image gallery

AddCoulomb Technologies gets Australian distribution deal; Better Place looking Down under, too

Building out networks of publicly accessible charging points for electric vehicles is one of the biggest business opportunities that could be produced by a large scale transition to electric vehicles. With shorter range urban vehicles being the most likely BEVs to be useful to people, they will need somewhere to re-energize. Coulomb Technologies is one of a number of companies going down this path, along with Better Place.

AddBetter Place and DSB to pilot electric car sharing for train travelers

Will trains and cars become the voyaging version of peanut butter and chocolate? Perhaps. Better Place is partnering with DSB, Denmark's largest rail service provider, to offer an electric car sharing service at its train terminals. The project will begin next year with a pilot program at the stations in Høje-Taastrup (pictured above) and Skanderborg. These are seen as great places to start because, not only are they a good distance apart, but they both serve the largest population center

AddShai Agassi says EVs will be cheaper than ICE cars... sort of

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AddREPORT: Tesla Model S was designed with battery swaps in mind

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AddBetter Place thinks electric cars deserve a software-driven safety net

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