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Project Better Place Plugs First Charge Spot to Electric Car

Israel is an ideal early adopter of the Better Place model

The country is geographically small, with all major urban centers less than 150 kilometers apart

Better Place Israel CEO Moshe Kaplinsky, displays the first electric parking lot in Israel at the Cinema City parking lot in Pi-Glilot.

Better Place Israel, which is deploying the world’s first nationwide network for charging electric vehicles, demonstrated for the first time its charging spot plugged in and charging an electric car in Israel. The company unveiled its first plugged in parking lots as well as the charging spot design that will be used in deployments around the world.

Founder and CEO Shai Agassi with President Shimon Peres

In January 2008, Israel announced its partnership with Better Place and Renault-Nissan, making it the first nation in the world to commit to an all-electric car infrastructure. Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert were prime forces behind the signing of the deal, having backed Better Place founder Shai Agassi’s vision for many years.

Better Place Israel, which is deploying the world's first nationwide network for charging electric vehicles, demonstrated om Monday for the first time its charging spot plugged in and charging an electric car in Israel. The company unveiled its first plugged in parking lots as well as the charging spot design that will be used in deployments around the world.

Better Place Israel CEO Moshe Kaplinsky displayed the first electric parking lot in Israel today at the Cinema City parking lot in Pi-Glilot. He showcased the charging spots and the charging process of the electric vehicle. Several months ago, the company announced the beginning of the pilot planning in Israel that will constitute the first deployment for the Better Place infrastructure in the world.

The company started the network deployment pilot in Israel with several municipalities including Tel Aviv, Haifa, Kefar Sava, Holon, and Jerusalem, and it plans to continue to deploy the network in public places in these cities.

The charging spot is part of the Better Place electric car charging infrastructure. The Better Place infrastructure includes charging spots, battery exchange stations and a service control center that plans the energy consumption of the car and the whole system.

Tal Agassi, director of infrastructure products and international deployment development for Better Place, said: "In designing and deploying the charge spot, our top priority is the driver's experience. We set out to design a user friendly and simple charging experience for the user that will encourage drivers to switch from the pump to the plug."

In every electric car on the network, Better Place will install its operating system, which serves as the intelligence for the car and the network. The system centralizes the energy consumption of the car and helps the driver to plan an intelligent destination path so that the car always has enough power and more to get to and from a destination.

Better Place Israel CEO Moshe Kaplinsky said, "The progress of the company in the implementation of this project is the proof that the vision of the transition to a mass use of electric vehicles is becoming reality. Today marks a significant milestone in the process and it is happening in Israel."

"We are glad for the cooperation with the ministries, the municipalities, the electric company, the owners of the parking lots and large corporate companies. This cooperation derives from the fact that the economic, environmental and national importance of moving to electric vehicles and off oil-based transportation is being widely recognized in Israel and around the world."

Israel is an ideal early adopter of the Better Place model. The country is geographically small, with all major urban centers less than 150 kilometers apart, and 90% of car owners drive less than 70 kilometers per day. Like Europe, it has high taxes on gasoline coupled with economic policy to incent consumers to buy zero-emission vehicles. And it has a growing solar power sector that stands to gain an important new market for its green energy with the electric recharge grid. Israel will be well on its way to achieving its stated goal of oil independence by 2020.

(source and photos: www.betterplace.com)

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