09 May '12, 3pm

Car battery swapping in Israel

FIVE-MINUTE SWAP: A Fluence goes through Better Place battery switching. (Photo: Jim Motavalli) JERUSALEM, ISRAEL — Ever driven through a car wash? Well, hold that thought, because going through a Better Place battery-switching station is almost exactly like that — minus the soap suds, of course. You may have heard of Better Place (BP). It's the California-based company, founded by the Israeli-born Shai Agassi in 2007, that has made its mission not only to wire the world for electric cars, but to do it with a unique twist — battery swapping. The concept is simple enough: Instead of relying solely on charging stations that take six hours or so to juice up an EV, the company adds the option of swapping the battery in an automated process that takes about five minutes. Instead of buying a battery car and then figuring out how to charge it — public stations, home unit? — BP is...

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