Better Place Opens First EV Demonstration Center; Dor Alon to Deploy Battery Switch Stations in Israel

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Better Place announced the grand opening of the company’s first electric vehicle (EV) battery switch demonstration center in Israel. The company marked the occasion by announcing the signing of 92 corporate fleet owners to date as well as a partnership with Dor Alon, one of Israel’s leading gas station operators, for the deployment of battery switch stations at Dor Alon’s facilities.

Tata Takes On Air

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Nègre has signed deals to bring its design to 12 more countries, including Germany, Israel and South Africa. They join Canadian companies Veridian Corporation and Feel Good Cars as Plug-In Partners.

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GE and Better Place Partner to Accelerate EV Infrastructure Deployment; Integrating GE WattStation with Better Place Services

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Battery Financing: GE and Better Place will develop a battery financing program that begins with a pilot project to finance 10,000 batteries in Israel and Denmark, which are the first two markets for Better Place. GE’s WattStation. Click to enlarge.

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Better Place closes $200M Series C financing; valuation now $2.25B

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Existing shareholders, including Israel Corp., The company will launch its initial commercial service in Israel and Denmark early next year and has already announced a series of consumer offerings for electric mobility services that it says are competitive with gasoline-based cars. Better Place will launch initial commercial service to a select group of customers in Israel and Denmark in the first quarter of 2012, expanding to full commercial operations over the following months.

EERC Foundation Receives Patent Application Approval for On-Demand Hydrogen Fueling System

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Researchers in the EERC’s National Center for Hydrogen Technology, with support from the US Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory and more than 85 corporate partners, have proved the conversion of methanol into hydrogen and are working toward obtaining similar results for ethanol and hydrocarbon fuels, including military jet fuel.

Toyota Research Institute launches Toyota AI Ventures with $100M investment

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Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is investing an initial $100 million to launch Toyota AI Ventures , a new corporate venture capital subsidiary designed to provide early-stage financing to startup technology companies. Israel-based Intuition Robotics is a leader in the development of social companion technology, including its ElliQ active-aging robotic companion.

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BMW Group to offer 25 electrified vehicle models by 2025, 12 fully electric

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These are key elements of our corporate strategy, NUMBER ONE > NEXT, our roadmap for the future. Our test fleet is now on the roads in Germany, Israel and the US – making daily trips. By 2025, the BMW Group will offer 25 electrified vehicle models—12 of them fully electric, said Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, in a preview briefing before the opening of the Frankfurt Motor Show next week.

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Where Plug-In Hybrid Conversions (mostly Priuses) Are

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Costar Corporation by Hymotion, October 2006 (Annapolis, MD), contact kliestenfeltz@costar.com Chelan County (WA) Advanced Vehicle Initiative s "Whitebird," by Manzanita Micro, October, 2006. Progress Energy Corporation by Advanced Vehicle Research Center , with Hymotion kit, July 2007 (Raleigh, NC), contact Mike.Ligett@. All are Type C School buses, built by IC Corporation and Enova Systems; contact Ewan Pritchard at epritcha@advancedenergy.org.

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Cleantech Blog: Smart Grids and Electric Vehicles

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The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Project Better Place have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create a mass-market for electric vehicles in Israel which is an excellent target market: it has a sales tax exceeding 60% for gasoline vehicles, gasoline costs over $6 per gallon, most driving fits the range of electric vehicles, and the government strongly supports energy independence. Shai Agassi predicts that Israel will have over 100,000 electric vehicles in use by 2010.

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Renault-Nissan Alliance Partners with Singapore Government for EVs

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It will also look into educating the public on EV technology though a nationwide EV sharing programme or through corporate fleets. The Alliance has begun ZEV initiatives in Kanagawa Prefecture and Yokohama in Japan, as well as in Israel, Denmark, Portugal, Monaco, the UK, France, Switzerland, Ireland, China and Hong Kong.

Pike Research makes 10 electric vehicle predictions for 2013

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The majority of these vehicles will not reach consumers’ hands, but will be deployed through agreements with fleets and made available to qualified participants in public trials. Battery swapping pioneer Better Place, which saw key executives leave in 2012, has failed to capture the expected number of subscribers to its EV service in the initial launch market of Israel and borrowed money to continue the expensive build-out of battery swap stations in Denmark.

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Nissan, Pima Association of Governments and ECOtality to Partner on EVs and EV Charging Infrastructure for Tucson Area

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In conjunction with these efforts, Nissan has committed to make available a supply of electric vehicles to the region’s public and private fleets in 2010, the year Nissan’s electric vehicle will be ready for the commercial market. Earlier this week, British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority (BC Hydro) contracted Electric Transportation Engineering Corporation (eTec), a wholly owned subsidiary of ECOtality, Inc.,

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Renault to Make Kangoo be bop Z.E. Prototype EV Available for Test Drives; Four Different EV Models in Market by 2012

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The 15 kWh lithium-ion battery pack from AESC (Automotive Electric Supply Corporation, a Nissan-NEC joint venture founded in April 2007), comprises 48 power modules, each of which incorporates four elementary cells. The first will be a family saloon and will go on sale in Israel and in Europe. The second, also scheduled for release in 2011, will be an electric version of Renault Kangoo Express which will above all target professionals and fleet operators.

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Renault-Nissan and Singapore Government to develop zero-emission mobility

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The Renault-Nissan Alliance has begun ZEV initiatives in Kanagawa Prefecture and Yokohama in Japan, as well as in Israel, Denmark, Portugal, Monaco, the UK, France, Switzerland, Ireland, China and Hong Kong. It will also look into educating the public on EV technology though a nationwide EV sharing programme or through corporate fleets.