The Truth About Cars » Project Better Place http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 07 Feb 2016 18:00:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Project Better Place http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com In The Battle For The Post-Oil Auto, Big Investors Are Shooting The Moon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/in-the-battle-for-the-post-oil-automobile-investors-shoot-the-moon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/in-the-battle-for-the-post-oil-automobile-investors-shoot-the-moon/#comments Mon, 14 Nov 2011 23:15:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418179 As Bertel pointed out earlier today, peak oil is here: the graph above is not from some fly-by-night EV firm, but Toyota, an auto industry giant. What years of environmental and security arguments failed to communicate, economics is now explaining with little difficulty. Namely, that demand for oil is growing faster than supply, forcing developed […]

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As Bertel pointed out earlier today, peak oil is here: the graph above is not from some fly-by-night EV firm, but Toyota, an auto industry giant. What years of environmental and security arguments failed to communicate, economics is now explaining with little difficulty. Namely, that demand for oil is growing faster than supply, forcing developed […]

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Global EV Demand Stuck At 2%-4%. Unless… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/global-ev-demand-stuck-at-2-4-unless/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/global-ev-demand-stuck-at-2-4-unless/#comments Wed, 05 Oct 2011 19:58:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=413693 Of all the persistent questions faced by the auto industry in these tumultuous times, perhaps the most pressing is: how many consumers would actually consider buying an electric car? There’s no single answer to this question, but we do have one new perspective on it today, courtesy of a study by Deloitte [PDF] which analyzed […]

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Of all the persistent questions faced by the auto industry in these tumultuous times, perhaps the most pressing is: how many consumers would actually consider buying an electric car? There’s no single answer to this question, but we do have one new perspective on it today, courtesy of a study by Deloitte [PDF] which analyzed […]

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The Case For Better Place: Shai Agassi Addresses The APEC Transport/Energy Ministerial Conference http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/the-case-for-better-place-shai-agassi-addresses-the-apec-transportenergy-ministerial-conference/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/the-case-for-better-place-shai-agassi-addresses-the-apec-transportenergy-ministerial-conference/#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2011 22:13:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=411195 TTAC’s Twitter followers already know that I’m at the 2011 APEC Transport/Energy Ministerial Meeting in San Francisco, rubbing elbows with key decision-makers from the world of energy and transportation across the Asia-Pacific region. Earlier today I had the opportunity to sit down with Better Place CEO Shai Agassi, the intense, formidable CEO of Project Better […]

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TTAC’s Twitter followers already know that I’m at the 2011 APEC Transport/Energy Ministerial Meeting in San Francisco, rubbing elbows with key decision-makers from the world of energy and transportation across the Asia-Pacific region. Earlier today I had the opportunity to sit down with Better Place CEO Shai Agassi, the intense, formidable CEO of Project Better […]

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http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/the-case-for-better-place-shai-agassi-addresses-the-apec-transportenergy-ministerial-conference/feed/ 3 TTAC's Twitter followers already know that I'm at the 2011 APEC Transport/Energy Ministerial Meeting in San Francisco, rubbing elbows with key decision-makers from the world of energy and transportation across the Asia-Pacific region. TTAC's Twitter followers already know that I'm at the 2011 APEC Transport/Energy Ministerial Meeting in San Francisco, rubbing elbows with key decision-makers from the world of energy and transportation across the Asia-Pacific region. Earlier today I had the opportunity to sit down with Better Place CEO Shai Agassi, the intense, formidable CEO of Project Better Place. I'll be writing about that conversation shortly, but many of the major points are covered in the speech Agassi gave shortly afterwards to assembled ministers, media and businesspeople. The speech boils down Better Place's hugely ambitious plan to tackle one of the most complex challenges the world faces: transportation's dependence on oil. If you're looking for an Al Gore-style "green" speech, keep looking. Agassi tackles the problem from an economic and technological approach, and he makes a case that is well worth about 17 minutes of your time. If you're not familiar with Better Place, you can read some of TTAC's coverage of the battery-swapping, network-managing, mileage-leasing project at our Project Better Place tag here (much of it on-the-ground reporting from Tal Bronfer, who has been following its rollout in the Israeli market). A comparison of battery swap to other EV business models can be found here, and a study of EV grid management issues can be found here. The Truth About Cars no 17:37
Better Place Announces Business Plan, Signs Israeli Lease Deal http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/better-place-announces-business-plan-signs-israeli-lease-deal/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/better-place-announces-business-plan-signs-israeli-lease-deal/#comments Sat, 13 Aug 2011 17:09:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=407065 One of the biggest clouds hovering over Better Place’s venture in Israel – and globally – is what stands behind the well-prepared presentations and thoroughly thought out, customer-oriented marketing. What makes the seemingly adventurous venture appealing to the business hounds investing their best capital in it? Such questions from journalists are usually answered with a […]

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One of the biggest clouds hovering over Better Place’s venture in Israel – and globally – is what stands behind the well-prepared presentations and thoroughly thought out, customer-oriented marketing. What makes the seemingly adventurous venture appealing to the business hounds investing their best capital in it? Such questions from journalists are usually answered with a […]

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Better Place Prices “Range Anxiety”-Free EVs In Israel. But What About Resale Anxiety? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/better-place-prices-range-anxiety-free-evs-in-israel-but-what-about-resale-anxiety/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/better-place-prices-range-anxiety-free-evs-in-israel-but-what-about-resale-anxiety/#comments Mon, 23 May 2011 14:52:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=395875 In the last time we heard from Better Place – a little less than two months ago – we’ve witnessed the unfolding of the company’s first functional battery swap station. And yet we were left with one big question mark hovering over the entire project: the price for the end customer. This question is particularly […]

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In the last time we heard from Better Place – a little less than two months ago – we’ve witnessed the unfolding of the company’s first functional battery swap station. And yet we were left with one big question mark hovering over the entire project: the price for the end customer. This question is particularly […]

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Inside Israel’s First Battery Swap Station http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/inside-israels-first-battery-swap-station/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/inside-israels-first-battery-swap-station/#comments Tue, 29 Mar 2011 18:13:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=388962 When Better Place launched their Visitor Center in Tel Aviv, the attending journalists’ fingers couldn’t keep up with all the numbers and the promises flogged by the company chiefs: tens of battery switch stations to be built, hundreds of charging stations to be deployed and a thousand cars to be sold to Israeli customers each […]

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When Better Place launched their Visitor Center in Tel Aviv, the attending journalists’ fingers couldn’t keep up with all the numbers and the promises flogged by the company chiefs: tens of battery switch stations to be built, hundreds of charging stations to be deployed and a thousand cars to be sold to Israeli customers each […]

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Review: Project Better Place Renault Laguna EV Mule http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/review-project-better-place-renault-laguna-ev-mule/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/review-project-better-place-renault-laguna-ev-mule/#comments Fri, 19 Feb 2010 17:02:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=346061 Charging stations are okay, really. Battery swapping stations are even better, and I honestly have nothing against Lithium-ion batteries. But we love cars, not infrastructure, and that’s what has been missing from our Better Place coverage: real car related stuff. So here I am, in the front seat of Better Place’s actual electric car. Of […]

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Charging stations are okay, really. Battery swapping stations are even better, and I honestly have nothing against Lithium-ion batteries. But we love cars, not infrastructure, and that’s what has been missing from our Better Place coverage: real car related stuff. So here I am, in the front seat of Better Place’s actual electric car. Of […]

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Project Better Place Birthwatch: Visiting Hours http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/project-better-place-birthwatch-visiting-hours/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/project-better-place-birthwatch-visiting-hours/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2010 15:14:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=344785 Optimism and food were the two abundant commodities at Better Place’s press conference yesterday morning, announcing the company’s first Visitor Center, established – how ironically – inside what used to be an oil tank in Pi Glilot, a former gas depot. It seems that the entire event and the resounding optimism around it were eclipsed […]

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Optimism and food were the two abundant commodities at Better Place’s press conference yesterday morning, announcing the company’s first Visitor Center, established – how ironically – inside what used to be an oil tank in Pi Glilot, a former gas depot. It seems that the entire event and the resounding optimism around it were eclipsed […]

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Better Place Birthwatch: New $350m Investment Brings Deeper Pockets, But Not Broader Appeal http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/better-place-birthwatch-new-350m-investment-brings-deeper-pockets-but-not-broader-appeal/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/better-place-birthwatch-new-350m-investment-brings-deeper-pockets-but-not-broader-appeal/#comments Tue, 26 Jan 2010 17:40:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=343078 It goes without saying that it’s always good news for a business to be able to raise hundreds of millions of dollars on the financial markets. Just as important as the financial boost, such capital-raising also raises the profile of the company, presenting it as a viable investment and implicitly endorsing its underlying business plan. […]

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It goes without saying that it’s always good news for a business to be able to raise hundreds of millions of dollars on the financial markets. Just as important as the financial boost, such capital-raising also raises the profile of the company, presenting it as a viable investment and implicitly endorsing its underlying business plan. […]

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Renault Threatens Denmark With Project Better Place Pullout http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/renault-threatens-denmark-with-project-better-place-pullout/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/renault-threatens-denmark-with-project-better-place-pullout/#comments Fri, 22 Jan 2010 22:31:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=342739 Denmark is keen to show the world, especially after the Copenhagen Conference, that they mean “green.” Denmark is setting up an infrastructure to support electric car recharging, however the other side to this grand scheme are throwing their toys out of the electric car. The Copenhagen Post reports that Renault are threatening to withdraw the electric […]

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Denmark is keen to show the world, especially after the Copenhagen Conference, that they mean “green.” Denmark is setting up an infrastructure to support electric car recharging, however the other side to this grand scheme are throwing their toys out of the electric car. The Copenhagen Post reports that Renault are threatening to withdraw the electric […]

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Ask The Best And Brightest: Questions For Project Better Place? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/ask-the-best-and-brightest-questions-for-project-better-place/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/ask-the-best-and-brightest-questions-for-project-better-place/#comments Mon, 21 Dec 2009 20:54:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=339854 While we at TTAC continue to cover the serious, the silly and the sublime from the world of cars in this holiday season, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes. We have a grip of new blog and editorial series in development right now, the first of which we’re debuting today: The Project Better […]

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While we at TTAC continue to cover the serious, the silly and the sublime from the world of cars in this holiday season, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes. We have a grip of new blog and editorial series in development right now, the first of which we’re debuting today: The Project Better […]

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Project Better Place Birthwatch: An Introduction To Project Better Place http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/project-better-place-birthwatch-an-introduction-to-project-better-place/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/project-better-place-birthwatch-an-introduction-to-project-better-place/#comments Mon, 21 Dec 2009 20:22:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=339845 How do you make the world a Better Place? If you ask Shai Agassi, president and founder of the eponymous American-Israeli Company, the answer lies in the development of an infrastructure that makes charging an electric car as simple as pulling over in a gas station. This deceptively simple idea has spawned an international project, […]

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How do you make the world a Better Place? If you ask Shai Agassi, president and founder of the eponymous American-Israeli Company, the answer lies in the development of an infrastructure that makes charging an electric car as simple as pulling over in a gas station. This deceptively simple idea has spawned an international project, […]

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Denmark EV Incentive: $40k and a Parking Spot http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/denmark-ev-incentive-40k-and-a-parking-spot/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/denmark-ev-incentive-40k-and-a-parking-spot/#comments Wed, 02 Dec 2009 17:04:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=337619 Along with Israel, Denmark is one of the first countries to sign on to Project Better Place’s attempt to establish a viable electric car infrastructure. And as with all early adopters, Denmark is paying a pretty price for the experiment. The country is spending $100m on infrastructure, including charging points and battery-swap stations. Moreover, Better […]

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Along with Israel, Denmark is one of the first countries to sign on to Project Better Place’s attempt to establish a viable electric car infrastructure. And as with all early adopters, Denmark is paying a pretty price for the experiment. The country is spending $100m on infrastructure, including charging points and battery-swap stations. Moreover, Better […]

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