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Better Place opens first electric vehicle demonstration center
Better Place held the grand opening of the company’s first electric vehicle (EV) demonstration center in Israel. We marked the occasion by announcing the signing of 92 corporate fleet owners to date as well as a partnership with Dor Alon, one of Israel’s leading gas station operators, for the deployment of battery switch stations at Dor Alon’s facilities. Leading companies including Computer Associates and Motorola joined the ranks of 92 Better Place Vision Partners that have agreed to convert a portion of over 45,000 internal combustion engine cars to electric vehicles from Renault when commercially available.
The Delivery of the First Tens of Cars to Employees in Israel
Just five years ago, almost to the day – we stood together with President Peres and Carlos Ghosn and announced our commitment to break the world’s dependence on oil, starting in Israel. We were a small start-up with a powerful vision and what many called an audacious plan. Today, on our fourth anniversary, that audacious plan reached another important milestone: the delivery of the first tens of cars to employees in Israel. As you can see in the attached photo, today was a day of celebration, followed by a joint drive of all cars through the streets of Israel.
OUR JOURNEY BEGINS IN ISRAEL
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.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.