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Better 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 Bett

Video: 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

Better 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

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

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

Ford dismisses battery swaps

One of the favored concepts among many electric vehicle proponents (and, most prominently, Better Place) is replaceable battery packs as a means of "rapid refueling." However, aside from Nissan-Renault, no other major automaker has expressed any interest in the idea in the near term. Even Nissan is hedging its bets and the LEAF is not expected to include a swappable battery.

Better Place to trial battery-swapping taxis in Tokyo

When Better Place wanted to demonstrate how their battery switching station would operate they chose Yokohama Japan as the backdrop and now the land of the rising sun is returning some of that love. The electric vehicle infrastructure company has received an "award" to carry out a pilot