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Interchangeable Battery Electric Car Demonstrated

Better Place, a California company, is testing the process for extending the mileage of electric cars by swapping out batteries at strategically placed stations.

At a demonstration in Yokohama, Japan, using a Nissan electric vehicle, the company demonstrated the technology, in which customers would subscribe to a service based on their estimated driving needs. Individual charging stations, not consumers, would own the batteries.

Markets targeted for the service include the United States, Israel, Denmark, Canada and Japan, according to Reuters.

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5 thoughts on “Interchangeable Battery Electric Car Demonstrated

  1. Better Place is mostly a crappy con job. It will make electrics even more expensive and be obsolete within two years, as soon as the new fast recharging li ion batteries are on the marekt. Better Place always depended upon several scenarios : high gas prices, a public brainwashed into believing that carbon reduction will have some effect, and impractical, slow recharging batteries. All three asumptions are now seen as very shaky, and a fast recharging battery is on the horizon. I wonder if the countries that have welcomed Better Place (for a variety of reasons – Israel because of oil depdendencies, Denmark because of its fiasco with windmills, which has cost them untold billions) really know what’s going on in EV technology? If they are still willing to allow the sleazy Better Place investors rape their citizens,
    I’d say not.

  2. Kerry, do you have any links regarding these fast-charging Li ion batteries? Exactly how quickly do they charge?

    It does seem a little odd for Better Place to be going with a cell-phone type contract/subscription model. The advantage to me in what they are doing should be precisely the ability to mimic the gas station experience: pay a certain price per watt-hour and a little swapping charge, and be on your way in a few minutes. And how do they come up with individual charging stations owning the batteries? Do they serial-number each battery pack and network the stations such that one station is selling it to another with the driver effectively doing the “shipping”? Is there some patent they are trying to protect with this ownership model? What if a battery is damaged in the field, who pays for its repair?

  3. The Canadian city of Ontario??? Reuters, you should be ashamed…Ontario is a province in Canada. Toronto, Ottawa, just 2 of the many major cities in Ontario…

  4. You won’t see your so called fast charging Lithium Ion batteries in electric cars any time soon the patent for Lithium Ion batteries and Nickel metal Hydride batteries are both owned by Texaco-Chevron, the major car manufacturers don’t want to produce an electric car because of the limited replacement parts after market (I.E. no air filters, mufflers, brake pads(electric cars use regenerative braking), oil filters, the list goes on and on) GM’s publicity campaign for the Chevy VOLT is total BS just to keep their name in the press and make them look like they actually give a cap about something besides keeping everyone sucking the big crude oil wiener. Gasoline vehicles are much more profitable for the big car companies. All the BS you see about Hydrogen powered cars, electric cars ect –smoke and mirrors. Don’t believe me? Ask your local car dealer to get you a plug in hybrid. A hybrid that operates on a battery stored charge(you charge it at home at night) then when the battery charge gets low the gasoline motor turns on the recharge the battery and let you finish your drive. The technology for this has been here for years and years. Not a single major automotive manufacturer is producing a plugin hybrid. Why? Although it’s the right thing to do, the bottom line profit is lower. Kiss my ass Texaco-Chevron .

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