Looks like that question mark after the title was well founded. The source that originally published this statistic has removed it because it is incorrect. Which is not surprising, given the infrastructure and planning necessary to implement Project Better Place.
In any case, Project Better Place remains an interesting plan. The idea is PBP would lease batteries to car owners and, via a network of battery replacement stations, simply swap charged batteries out for the depleted ones in cars seems promising. This obviates the need for long charging, or the anxiety of never knowing if you're going to get where you're going before your car runs out of juice.
It strikes me as a plausible solution, though not a very elegant one. This would basically mean that there would have to be up to two batteries for every one car on the road. And as the battery already takes up a large hunk of an EVs cost, it'd be a shame to have to double it. Any cost savings when comparing to gasoline would probably be scrubbed by this plan. It almost seems wasteful.
An on-board gasoline generator, like the Volt EV, is certainly simpler, and would be cheaper, and would require no additional infrastructure. And Phoenix Motorcars has already demostrated 10-minute full charges with their battery technology. If we're going to need new infrastructure, it seems like we might as well go with Phoenix's plan of ultra-high-voltage charging stations.
However, ShaiAgassi, former executive at SAP AG, Europe's largest software company (the sparking energy behind PBP), has some $200 million in investments that say that he can make this vision a reality, and he's eyeing Israel for the initial launch. A key benefit in the marketplace: Israel to make electric car production tax fee. (As to that last, considering that Israel charges an 84 percent purchase tax on gas cars and 30 percent on hybrids, that no-tax situation provides a real advantage.)
Hat tip to AutoBlogGreen.
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