Electric vehicles are probably expensive vehicles, yet they are the most efficient and eco-friendly. This kind of vehicle is powered by rechargeable battery that is more advantageous over internal combustion engines. However, there are only few battery stations that are being provided.
For this reason, the opening of the first battery swap station for EV in Tel Aviv by Better Place is a great deal for EV owners, especially the Renault Fluence Z.E. So, how does it work? It’s simple, all you need is an RFID card to enter the car wash-esque structure, and robots from below swap out your empty battery for a fully charged alternative while you occupy yourself for three minutes. This sounds amazing and exciting.
But, let me note that only Renault Fluence Z.E has a swappable battery available on Better Place. The technology of battery swapping enables the driver to swap a depleted 100 mile battery with a fully charged one. And the prices of this battery pack ranges from US 4¢-5¢ per mile.
Israel is the very first nation that partnered with Better Place to have EV infrastructure. With these partnerships, they grounded it to their two-fold vision. First is that by 2016, more than fifty percent of the cars sold will be electric vehicles. Second vision is that by 2020, Israel will achieve independence from oil, such a great vision, but not an elusive dream.
As of now the CEO of Better Place Israel announced that the battery exchange process in their swapping station only takes five minutes and they have erected over 1, 000 charging spots that are already functioning. More of these charging spots will be built by the end of this year.