Shai Agassi, of Better Place, the electric car charging infrastructure company says electric cars are the only solution if we want to impact emissions. His company, Better Place, has a radical plan to take entire countries oil-free by 2020.
In this TED video he talks about his plans for the future of electric car charging stations.
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I could go on to say quite a few things about the Better Place business model, but so many others have said it so well I have decided to link to a few of them:
Seven Reasons Why Better Place Will Fail and Four Why It Won’t
The well-funded Better Place hopes to revolutionize transportation by building a network of charging stations for electric cars. But does it really have the goods?
by: Michael Kanellos at Greentechmedia
Is Better Place getting more love?
Shai Agassi, a former CEO-in-waiting at enterprise software giant SAP who now heads up electric vehicle company Better Place, tends to get a good wrap online. He is articulate, charistmatic and promotes a radical business model that some believe could make electric cars economically feasible. In short, it is based around charging stations where batteries are swapped rather than recharged, eliminating a lengthy wait to ‘refuel’ an electric car; drivers would pay a monthly fee rather than ‘owning’ the battery.
by Kate Mackenzie at FT Blogs
The reality of electric dreams
OK, so this is the future; well, maybe a future. You glide noiselessly towards what used to be service station pumps, the dashboard computer screen showing the battery at 30 per cent. Once, you had to do a quick calculation about the nearest petrol station, but now the computer performs that calculation.
by The Canberra Times