Have you seen the reports that the ‘electric vehicle (EV) network company’ Better Place will soon enter the US market in partnership with three Californian mayors and that they are also setting up on the Australian east coast?
The Silicon Valley company plans to establish EV support networks around the world – its EV recharge grid powered by renewables – and sell access to the grid similar to the way mobile phone companies sell service contracts. It expects that electric cars will be available to the mass market by 2012.
In December they will begin:
Greenbiz.com reported in October that Better Place will work in partnership with AGL Energy and Macquarie Capital Group in Australia. Israel and Denmark have also announced similar agreements.
Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne will become EV network hubs linked with electric highways created by building battery switch stations along the routes between the cities.
“If it can be done between Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, you can see the same thing happening between LA, the San Francisco Bay Area, all the way up to the Seattle region,” says Better Place CEO Shai Agassi.
Better Place plans to begin tests in Australia in 2009, go live with mass market launches in Israel and Denmark in 2011, followed by Australia.
Let’s hope the economic situation doesn’t affect these plans..