Last week, Better Place
CEO Shai Agassi gave a speech in San Francisco trying to sell his EV
ideas. The Bay Area is one place
that Agassi's battery-swapping electric vehicle
company wants to make, well, better. So far, Israel
and Denmark have officially signed up for the program, but SF can join the list of other areas where Better Place might set up shop (i.e., Japan
). Should California install the Better Place system, Agassi said last week, the infrastructure would cost $1.5 billion. To do the entire U.S. would be $100 billion. This may seem like a lot, but compare this to how much the U.S. spends on importing oil: about $1.5 billion every two weeks, according to Agassi. The numbers look good for Israel and Denmark, and Agassi also dropped word that another "large" country has signed on to be a part of Better Place; he'll announce that country sometime this week. H/t to Arnold S. for the tip!