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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

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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

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

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

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Seriously 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 Sebastian Blanco

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.

AltCar 2009: NuTech battery swap trailer is fresh, kind of crazy

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

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Shai Agassi to Australian car industry: become the Saudi Arabia of plug-in cars

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Sure swappable batteries would help EV adoption, but are they practical?

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Better Place finishes first 1,000 battery swaps without problems

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Renault-Nissan planning slow/fast charging and battery swap for Europe EVs

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Thinking through the Better Place strategy: is it seriously flawed?

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Renault kicks hybrids and hydrogen to the curb

While it's sister company, Nissan, may still be chasing after hybrids and dreaming of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (HFCV), reports say that Renault has had enough. It