Pau hana means quitting time. Better Place is leaving the island state. Officially, it’s to “focus on its core markets in Israel and Denmark,” as the Star Advertiser says. Unofficially, it’s a retreat.
Better Place operated 77 charge spots with 154 charge points on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island, serving some 700 customers. That’s around 10 customers per charge spots, not a rip roaring business.
Better Place sold the charge spots to OpConnect, a purveyor of charging solutions. First thing they’ll do is charge the stations to OpConnect technology.
Better Place is yet another great idea that falls on its face. Founder Shai Agassi believed the propaganda that there will be pure electric cars by the millions. His great idea: Swappable batteries. That means standard batteries. Agassi also should have asked the auto industry whether it wants to standardize on one battery.