New Friends For Better Place


Coda will become a new partner for Better Place for their US operations. Not because their partner Renault is bad in any way, but in the US you can't get a Renault. A pity the Coda has to be redesigned though to facilitate battery swapping. But this planned taxi operation has been in the works since 2010, so it is a good thing they are making progress now.

Coda, Better Place Team Up To Make SF Electric Taxi Fleet

In Israel and Amsterdam, where Better Place currently has battery swap networks in place, the 2012 Renault Fluence—a car specifically designed in collaboration with Better Place to accommodate its battery swap technology—is readily available to consumers.

But not a single Renault—gasoline, diesel or electric—is sold in the U.S., forcing Better Place to find an alternative car for its San Francisco taxis.

(via Instapaper)

I'm not sure at what point you can call something a network, but unless I am mistaken Better Place has one swapping station here in the Netherlands. Good stuff, but a network?

I'm glad for Better Place, they really can use some good news now since the departure of their CEO Shai Agassi. I'm still not convinced swapping batteries is the path forward and hope to see them swap business models instead.