Better Place Launches Test Drive and Electric Car Education Facility in Israel

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Karin attends Better Place press conference as company launches its electric car testing facility for the public, in Israel. The sun’s in her eyes as she clutches the door of the new Renault Nissan car. Or maybe she’s blinded by all the excitement? The media gathered outside the old oil storage containers –– a remnant […]

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Are Energy Advances in Israel in Parallel With Those Abroad?

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Will Israeli designed recharging stations keep America going? Despite the world economic slowdown, a number of advancements were made worldwide in the fields of alternative and renewable energy. The hottest energy trends of 2009, according to MIT review are: Natural gas drilling technology New batteries for hybrids Carbon capture Smart grid Cellulosic ethanol (biofuel from […]

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Denmark Set to Spotlight Electric Car Initiative at Global Climate Change Conference

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For 25 years Denmark has supported the adoption of electric vehicles by excluding them from the hefty 200% tax levied on new cars. However, due to the limited capabilities of the models available, only 497 electric cars are registered in the entire country, as the New York Times pointed out in a recent article. All […]

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ETV Motors Makes Jet Turbine Engine to Recharge Battery Packs in Electric Cars

ETV Motors claims their recently unveiled proof-of-concept vehicle can run for 50 miles on one charge. Watch their video, courtesy of ISRAEL21c. The new ETV jet turbine engine generates its own electricity to recharge the battery pack and is different from the Prius and other hybrids (read the pleasure of owning one) because “it’s always […]

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As Better Place Tests Battery Replacement Technology in Japan, Is Better Place the Best Electric Car Company?

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Shai Agassi’s Better Place electric car company seemed to be on the right track with their conception of a totally electric family sized car. The Israeli company, with offices located in the Kiryat Atidim high tech park, outside of Tel Aviv, developed a prototype for an electric car, using a Renault Megane with an electric […]

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California Revs Up For Israel's Shai Agassi And A $1 Billion Electric Car Scheme

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The financial crisis is hurting Americans, but months before the hit fuel costs were already gouging into people’s pockets. Some were forced to carpool to work, others took the bus or train. While creative forms of public transportation help deal with times of fiscal uncertainty (we personally love bikes!), the long-term plan for preserving the […]

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BrightSource and Luz II Create World's First Solar Thermal Field Pilot in Israel

The Israel cleantech world is buzzing over BrightSource and its subsidiary Luz II. The companies recently invited the press to visit the world’s first operating solar thermal field in the Negev Desert, for creating clean and efficient solar energy. The 12,000 square meter test site will generate 1.5 MW of electricity. Cheaper heliostats, no need […]

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Shai Agassi's Electric Car is Coming!

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The time is nearly here! The long awaited electric car will soon reach the masses: Project Better Place has presented its prototype electric car today. The smog may start clearing soon, we will see how quickly it catches on. Project Better Place commissioned a survey, which claimed that one in every six Israelis said that they would […]

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The Water Crisis and the Electric Car

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The public discussion of Israel’s water problems intensified last week, with Israel’s most respected newspaper, Ha’aretz, calling on water authorities to shift to regulating demand for the scarce resource. During the same week, a new study was released which suggested that a shift to electric cars could seriously impact water consumption in countries where this […]

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