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35Better Place's battery-swapping Coda taxis coming to California in 2014

San Francisco will get a treat of a different kind in 2014 when battery-swapping network builder Better Place starts serving a fleet of electric-powered taxis in the Bay Area, Forbes reports.

6Slovakian Company Rethinks EV Battery-Swap Technology [VIDEO]

Electric vehicle infrastructure company Better Place has had its fair share of challenges in trying to get battery-swap technology off the ground. While they are still seeking $100 million in future investments, a Slovakia-based GreenWay has applied the same idea in a new way. The catch: GreenWay doesn't need $100 million to do it.

5Better Place, Coda an unexpected partnership for airport taxi battery swaps

Our friend David Herron recently discovered that charging infrastructure supplier Better Place has added another automaker to its international network – Coda – though the company had yet to announce it. Better Place is known for partnering with Renault overseas to expand its network of charging stations and battery swapping locations.

26Better Place shake up: Shai Agassi out as CEO, Evan Thornley steps in

Rough starts and local criticism are nothing new in the green car start-up world, and it looks like Better Place is going through another all-too-familiar trope: CEO shake-up.

9Better Place off to slow start in Israel market, says it's all part of the plan

Based on the early numbers, Better Place is having a tough time meetings its initial sales target in its primary market of Israel of 4,000 electric vehicles in the first year, but the official word is that the slow start is meeting expectations. How slow? Since selling the first vehicles in July 2012, only 380 Renault Fluence Z.E. EVs had been sold (including cars to employees), with only 80 of those taking place in August.

195Campaign adviser's tough job: Get Mitt Romney to support EVs

If you're campaigning for Mitt Romney and believe in the electrification of transportation, you're kind of between a rock and a hard place. While Romney previously had supported electric and other non-petroleum vehicles, more recently, he's shifted his focus to freedom from foreign oil through domestic, clean oil drilling. Once upon a time, after all, Romney said the Chevrolet Volt was an "idea whose time has not come."

5Better Place gets $50 million loan from European Investment Bank

Things just got a little better for Better Place.

21Better Place Israel lowers rates, gives plug-in drivers 'a simpler and better deal'

Better Place waited until its fleet of Renault Fluence plug-in vehicles was just about officially, commercially operational in Israel before letting customers know that the cost to drive the vehicles will be less than expected. Better Place's official launch, which happened this past weekend, means that the cars are now available to both fleets and private individuals. Better Place is also offering consumers a new lower-price plan that is "a simpler and better deal," writes Haaretz, because the

5GM's Holden, Better Place reach charging-station agreement for Australia

Better Place is going from Israel and Denmark to the Land Down Under.

30Better Place-charged vehicles surpass 1 million kilometers driven

Those who scoff at the metric system may belittle any publicity related to kilometers covered instead of miles, but we're still pretty impressed.

AddIn Detail: Study Abroad

A successful study abroad program means going overseas, learning from the locals, and bringing the lessons back home. We've been all over the world in search of the latest in transportation tech and we saw some things that might be beneficial here is the States. Let's take a look at a few of these worldly ideas and see if any lessons could be applied back home.

20Better Place may try an IPO within two years

Electric vehicle "miles" company Better Place will likely go public within two years to take advantage of what many expect will be broader electric-vehicle adoption throughout the world, Bloomberg News reported, citing an interview with company founder Shai Agassi last week.

30Better Place starts Renault EV deliveries in Israel

Better Place, the Silicon Valley company founded by former high-tech executive and Israel native Shai Agassi in 2007, has delivered the first 100 electric cars to Israeli customers. After years of tests and trial programs, the deliveries mark a big step in the company's efforts to build out an electric-vehicle charging and battery-exchanging network throughout the country.

AddEV Infrastructure Company In A Better Place After Financing

It's been awhile since we've mentioned Better Place, the global EV infrastructure solutions provider that we visited in Japan earlier this year. In the meantime, Better Place has been busy securing some serious funding in an attempt to make their dream of an EV-friendly future come true.

19Better Place signs deal with rental company in Israel

If you want to try out one of Better Place's electric vehicles, you'd have to move to a country where the project is establishing its infrastructure or else wait for it to come to your neighborhood. At least that's how it was looking until now. Because the latest announcement from the electric-vehicle startup has us booking our tickets for Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport.

1China's Chery, Magna developing 3 compacts for Europe

Joint venture Chery Quantum Auto – owned by China's Chery Automobile and Israel Corporation – will reportedly export three compact vehicles to Europe in 2012. Austrian supplier Magna Steyr will be tasked with developing the vehicles, according to Financial Times Deutschland.

28Ask Better Place's Shai Agassi a question

Recently, Ecomagination, General Electric's cleantech and sustainable infrastructure website, interviewed Shai Agassi, the founder and chief executive officer of battery swap specialist Better Place. Questions centered on how Better Place will forever change the notion that electric vehicles are range-limited machines.

AddDanish city vetoes Better Place chargers because they're the wrong color

The city council of Frederiksberg (the fifth largest city in Denmark) has vetoed the installation of Better Place charging stations for an unusual and kind of ironic reason. Frederiksberg's council states that Better Place's gray and blue charging stations violate the city's aesthetic policy, which states that all curbside equipment must be green.

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