Israel is making advances in electric cars - not only plug-in recharging stations and parking spaces, but now battery-swapping on the run!
Better Place announced yesterday details of its plan to open a series of electric-vehicle charging stations in Israel.
The company offers EV charging stations that, through a subscription service, give electric-vehicle owners the option of a quick battery swap instead of plugging in and waiting for their car's battery to charge over time. Most stations also offer fast-charging plug-in spots for nonmembers. It takes only a minute to make the swap. The depleted batteries are then recharged and used in other cars, according to Better Place.
The service may be seen by some as a substantial convenience considering it takes 15 to 30 minutes to recharge an EV battery pack to 80 percent capacity from a rapid-charging station depending on the vehicle, and even longer from a standard home outlet.
Better Place announced that it will have 40 of these commercial battery-switching stations in Israel by the end of 2011.
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