In what could be seen as a crucial step toward making a revolutionary vision become a reality, Better Place unveiled it’s battery switch platform today in Yokohama, Japan. The eventual goal of Better Place is to create worldwide networks of battery swapping stations where drivers can simply pull in and have their current battery replaced with one that’s fully charged. With today’s demonstration before the Japanese Ministry of Environment, Better Place believes they are closer than ever to realizing this goal.
“Today marks a major milestone for the automotive industry as well as for Better Place,” said Shai Agassi, the Founder and CEO of Better Place and a man Time Magazine calls one of the 100 most influential people in the world. “For nearly a century, the automotive industry has been inextricably tied to oil. Today, we’re demonstrating a new path forward where the future of transportation and energy is driven by our desire for a clean planet and a robust economic recovery fueled by investments in clean technology, and one in which the well-being of the automotive industry is intrinsically coupled with the well-being of the environment.”
Better Place plans to use lithium ion batteries for their swapping system. In working with leading battery manufacturers such as A123 Systems and AESC, Better Place is hopeful they can supply a battery that would deliver an average range of about 100 miles on a single charge. These batteries are expected to perform over 10 years and 7,000 recharges while also proving to be much more eco-friendly than the standard lead-acid batteries commonly used in the auto industry.
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