Shai Agassi - Better Place
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Better Place’s Shai Agassi: To Succeed, Electric Cars Must Beat 3-Minute Gas Fill-Up | PluginCars.comBetter Place's Shai Agassi, speaking at the APEC meeting in San Francisco, Calif. on Sept. 15, 2011. (Photo: Brad Berman.) In July, I had the opportunity to test Europe’s first electric car battery-swap station just outside Copenhagen.
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 .)
Better Place founder and CEO Shai Agassi takes energyNOW! Chief Correspondent Tyler Suiters on a tour of the charging infrastructure his company is installing in Israel, and demonstrates how battery replacement can increase electric vehicle efficiency. The key to Agassi's system is the charge spot.