Better Place joins Japan electric
Dec 9, 2008 - The Associated Press
Better Place, a U.S. company that promotes electric
vehicles, said Tuesday it will build battery exchange
stations in Japan as part of a government pilot project
to encourage the use of green cars.
Electric vehicles are drawing global attention because
they produce no polluting emissions and don't need
gasoline. But electric vehicles must be recharged
when their batteries run low.
Better Place builds battery exchange stations, where
drivers with no time to charge can trade drained batteries
for charged ones - providing infrastructure that helps
make electric vehicles a practical option.
The Japanese Environment Ministry invited Better
Place to take part in the feasibility project for
three to six months starting in January in several
cities, starting with the port city of Yokohama, according
to Better Place.
The project includes Japanese automakers, and Better
Place is the only foreign company taking part, it
Founded in 2007, Better Place, based in Palo Alto,
California, is building electric vehicle networks
with partners in Israel, Denmark, Australia and the
"Better Place is honored to participate in this groundbreaking
program in a country with so much auto-manufacturing
expertise and history," said Shai Agassi, founder
and chief executive of Better Place.