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Isreal: Better Place gets its Israeli battery swap system up and running

Better Place has one of the more unique ways of dealing with exhausted electric car batteries. While it does offer charging stations which take quite a while to charge your battery, it also offers the option of simply switching it out. A 100 car fleet of electric vehicles will now begin testing the infrastructure which stretches across Israel.

Way back in 2008, we reported on Better Place’s partnership with France, Israel and Denmark to install battery swap and charging stations. The company also partnered with Renault to create electric cars with easily swapped out batteries. According to Technology Review the company just received the first 100 Renault Fluence Z E (Zero Emission) electric vehicles that will be used in Israel to demonstrate Better Place’s battery swap technology.

The process works as follows:
1.1. A Renault Fluence Z E alerts its driver that the battery is low.
2.2. The driver consults her navigation app that shows where to find the closest battery swap station.
3.3. The driver drives to the nearest station and pulls into the battery swap bay.


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