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Better Place Interview: Mile Plans, Cost and cheap prescription viagra Compatibility

CNET recently interviewed Shai Agassi, CEO of Better Place. Many of you EcoGeek readers are probably familiar with Mr. Agassi and his plans for the electric vehicle; if not, see some of our various posts on the subject.

The interview yielded a number of highlights:

  • Agassi predicts that the car will cost around $20,000, more or less depending on tramadol 150mg how many features are available. With a $7,500 government rebate, that means Better Place cars will cost around $12-13,000.
  • When you buy a car, you sign up for a miles plan. One option will be to pay a variable rate for every 500 miles you drive. This will be akin to paying a variable rate for gasoline every time you fill up. Another option will be to pay a fixed rate for a whole chunk of miles, say 15,000. A third option will be to pay a fixed rate and have unlimited miles.
  • Agassi claimed that to break even in the Israeli market (Israel is discount levitra pharmacy purchase the testing ground for the BP business model), he’ll need to reach 1% of the 2 million car drivers, or 20,000 people. He then said he’s already pre-sold 20,000 BP subscribers.
  • The plugs on BP cars will be required to pfizer cialis cheap adhere to ISO standards. That means no proprietary size or shape for the BP plug; as long as, say, Coulomb Technologies builds their charging stations according to ISO standards, you’ll be able to plug in there as well.
  • As far as how that will work in terms of buying miles from other networks, Agassi says it will be like taking money out of a different bank’s ATM, only with no fees. If a BP customer charges up at a Company X station, Company X charges BP. If a Company X customer charges up at a BP station, BP charges Company X

Better Place has been a lightning rod of both biting criticism and ecstatic praise. Some claim that all this money and infrastructure will be wasted once batteries improve. Others feel that we cannot wait to find out, and celebrate the fact that someone is doing something with existing technology.

Either way, BP is moving closer and closer to the point where we’ll find out one way or another. They just unveiled a battery swap station in Japan where a robot can replace your car’s battery in under 45 seconds. Agassi expects a mass market rollout in 2011.

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written by Jon, April 29, 2009
I personally don't like the better place model. I just want to viagra online in spain buy a car and be done with it. I'm not sure this new system of swapping out batteries and cheap online tramadol paying for miles is something the female viagra pills average person will go for. It seems too complex.
written by Jackal, April 29, 2009
@hmmm you do realize that you aren't really done with it right? You need to top up gas for a 'normal' car at double the price per mile. Plus you can't have the option to juice it up in your garage. I'll say BP has a great plan.
written by Jon, April 30, 2009
Well, BP is similar to a gas station. I'd rather just hook up my car to my house at night and avoid the middleman altogether.
written by Auntie Edna, April 30, 2009
I know your game Mr Shah. You didn't get to be the toy boy executive at SAP (wherever) selling cookies for charity.

Nicely spoken, but you want the money too bad dear.
not a fan
written by Larry, May 04, 2009
This plan still requires a 'refueling station'/middleman as Jon pointed out, not to mention twice as many batteries. The ability to recharge at nite while the car is parked at home makes the which country tramadol without prescription most sense, with extra recharge stations (at common stops-malls,work,paid parking) to follow- hopefully all with 1 style of generic viagra without prescription hookup and again greener generation of power added to levitra usa the system with each new source.
not = gas station
written by Jackal, May 08, 2009
it is not equal to a gas station. Once the service and the car is decoupled, you may possibly see EV offered by these services at a lower startup costs, much like wireless phone companies subsidizing your handset. This will hopefully make EVs comparable or even cheaper than normal gas since you can avoid the expensive batteries that come with the EVs.

Cheaper EVs = more people will convert and buy => better for environment.
What A DUMB Business Model
written by mliving, May 30, 2009
This is the current mobile phone business model converted to electric cars.

First off the car is NOT going to cost $20,000. There is current NO reasonable electric car now or on the generic cialis in canada near horizon that costs a mere $20,000. Look for the price to be closer to $30,000-$40,000 WITHOUT subsidy. Remember this model relies on HUGE government subsidies to make it work. Right now and for the foreseeable future government revenues that would finance these subsidies are falling off a cliff. Government revenue in April alone in Canada fell by nearly $3.5 BILLION! That's one month!

Second, people will not buy into this pay for the mileage BS this guy is pitching. Maybe the rich and well off will find it fun and viagra pfizer viagra online amusing but the average driver in Ontario will not. And we ALL know what's going to happen once they lock you in... NO THANKS!

Finally, why is generic viagra in india the Ontario government spending BILLION$ of our hard to come by tax dollars on an Israeli company when we have several electric car manufacturers right here in Canada.

Oh wait, the Ontario government banned electric vehicles because the enter site viagra buy now slower vehicle on city streets was dangerous. Oh and then they claimed that they were unsafe in crashes. But I guess motorcycle drivers are the only one's who can assume such risks in Ontario.

This model WILL FAIL without HUGE government subsidies. PERIOD.

McGuinty would be better off giving the money to Ontario homeowners to soft tab viagra install wind and solar solutions to power their own electric vehicles and add much needs grid support. You DON'T NEED a smart grid to create your own home power. But then again the Ontario NUCLEAR lobby is probably fighting really hard to make sure Ontario doesn't allow home power generation to take off.

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