03 May '11, 8pm

Better Place taps China in bid to take over the world, more or less: #EV

If a supervillain wanted to roll out a plan to turn the planet's car infrastructure on its head, he could hardly do better than the deal that Israeli company Better Place just announced with the China Southern Power Grid Co. Better Place is a company that wants to replace filling stations with battery swapping stations. (The batteries are swapped by robots .) If it works, the concept eliminates the range anxiety, long charging times, and battery ownership headaches that come with driving an electric car. The first pilot station is in Israel, and its CEO has estimated that he can cover the entire (admittedly small) country with just nine stations . Now try to imagine 2,300 battery swapping stations spread across China, which is CSP's stated goal. It's a deal on a scale previously incomprehensible for a tiny start-up like Better Place. Of course, it's contingent on trials of...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-05-03-better-place-taps-ch...

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