Gisli Gislason, a long-time EV advocate from Iceland, tours India with Mahindra Reva in a trio of e2o electric vehicles. It sounds like fun.
It is apparently quite a hassle to buy the remains of Better Place. The last potential buyer, EV Net Group, missed a payment deadline at the end of September, leading a judge to void the purchase. The buyers were supposed to pay NIS 1.8 million (US$505,000), which was 20 percent of the total purchase price and did, in fact, hand over a postdated check for that amount. But that wasn't good enough. According to Haaretz, attorneys Shaul Kotler and Sigal Rozen-Rechav said in court that, "All the buy
The struggles that Gisli Gislason has gone through to bring electric vehicle to his home country of Iceland are a near-perfect example of the difficulties that have plagued the EV industry around the world. After working with two companies that ended up not being able to deliver what they promised – at least not yet – Gislason is finally making progress with, you guessed it, Tesla Motors. "We never imagined it would be so hard," he told AutoblogGreen.
It's no secret that Gisli Gislason wants to bring electric vehicles to Iceland. A year-and-a-half ago, he struck a deal with Amp Electric Vehicles to send 1,000 EVs to the island nation. That won't happen now. He's also navigated a $39-million deal for 150 EVs, with similar results. Undeterred, Gislason's and his cohorts today founded the Icelandic EV Association. It's the latest move to make Iceland one of the most EV-ready countries in the world.
Electric vehicle fans the world over can get a kick out of Gísli Gíslason, a leader in Iceland's push to take the bountiful renewable energy that country produces and stuff it into as many EVs as possible. When he was recently pulled over for speeding in his white Tesla Roadster for going 124 kilometers per hour (77 miles per hour) – the first time an EV has been pulled over in Iceland – he told local media that, "I forgot myself in good weather," and encouraged other
The vision of an Iceland filled with electric vehicles got a bit more real today in, of al places, Ohio. At a press conference at Amp's facility in Cincinnati, the EV conversion company delivered the first of potentially 1,000 all-electric SUVs to Gisli Gislason, chairman and CEO of Northern Lights Energy. The vehicle in question is Amp's latest conversion, a Mercedes-Benz ML 350.
In November, Northern Lights Energy signed a letter of intent to buy 1,000 converted electric SUVs from Amp Electric Vehicles. This was the first big step in NLE's plan to turn Iceland into a country full of electric vehicles and deliveries were supposed to start in early 2011 and continue for the following five years. The electric SUVs – initially Chevrolet Equinoxes and then also Mercedes Benz ML vehicles and, potentially, other models – will be first sold in Iceland, and later in
Gisli Gislason has been a lawyer, a real estate mogul and a film producer (he's behind the 2009 horror flick Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre. Yes, that's a real movie). He's also not satisfied with this long list of accomplishments. A few years ago, he moved back to his home of Iceland after a stint in Denmark and realized no one there was really working to bring in electric cars. Remember, at the time, Iceland was pushing hard for a hydrogen economy. So, he set out to be the change he wished