Shai Agassi

Tesla Promises Battery-Swapping For Model S. Because That Worked So Well For Better Place
Tesla Promises Battery-Swapping For Model S. Because That Worked So Well For Better Place

Yesterday, something unusual happened. In the wee hours of the morning, Elon Musk tweeted that Tesla would conduct a live battery-swap on the Model S this Thursday night (i.e. tomorrow) at 8pm Pacific Time. Why is that unusual? Because a high-profile start-up called Better Place built an entire...Read More»

Better Place battery-swap demonstration
Electric Car Startup Better Place Pulls Plug On U.S., Australia

A growing number of cars in the U.S. run either entirely or partially on electric power, and that trend is likely to accelerate with time. The shift from gasoline to electricity will present plenty of opportunities for auto start-ups, but one is already calling it quits. As our colleagues at Green...Read More»

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In Houston And Tel Aviv, Cities Shift Toward An EV Future

Electric vehicles have been discussed for decades, but it wasn't until the mid-aughts of this century that EVs gained traction within the broader auto industry. Today, nearly every automaker on the planet has some form of battery-powered vehicle on the drawing board, but research and development is...Read More»

Better Place Israel CEO Moshe Kaplinsky displays the first electric parking lot in Israel.
EV Start-Up Better Place Scores $350 Million Investment

Shai Agassi and his EV start-up, Better Place, are on a roll. Just last month, we announced that the Palo Alto, California-based company brokered an amazing deal to develop charging and battery-swap infrastructure across Denmark, and now, Agassi and his colleagues have wrapped up another round of...Read More»

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Better Place Wants The Danish To Roll In EVs

We've mentioned Shai Agassi and his game-changing EV startup, Better Place, several times on TCC. Now comes word that he's brokered an intriguing  deal to install charging and battery-changing infrastructure across Denmark, and the Danish government has agreed to nix the 200% new car tax (yes, you...Read More»

Better Place Israel CEO Moshe Kaplinsky displays the first electric parking lot in Israel.
Is Better Place's Shai Agassi Fudging the Math On Cost of Driving Electric?

Shai Agassi, the founder and CEO of Better Place, is by all accounts a supremely charismatic entrepreneur. He has raised hundreds of millions of dollars to wire Israel with electric-car recharging stations and battery quick-swap facilities, and will offer to sell his customers as many miles as they...Read More»

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Better Place Sets Goal Of 100,000 EVs By 2016

Better Place has never been afraid of thinking big. Heck, the company's basic premise -- that electric vehicles can be built with easily swappable batteries -- is one of the most outside-the-box ideas we've heard in a while. So it should come as no surprise that Better Place is now thinking even...Read More»

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