Better Place opens EV demonstration center in Israel

Better Place has announced the opening of the company’s first electric vehicle (EV) demonstration center in Israel, which is constructed inside a refurbished oil tank, symbolizing the transition to electric transportation taking place worldwide.

The company 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 now join 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 in 2011.

The opening of the Better Place Center represents an important step for the company as it prepares for commercial launch in Israel and Denmark next year. The Center is open to the public to come and familiarize themselves with all aspects of the Better Place solution: a fully electric, battery-powered car; a comprehensive infrastructure that includes charge spots and a battery switch station; and a comprehensive suite of in-car services designed to provide drivers with the best possible EV driving experience.

The tour of the Center begins with an exciting, multi-media show, and combines a large screen experience with an innovative hologram and individual screens placed alongside the seats, specially fashioned out of old car seats. The tour then gives each visitor the opportunity to drive an electric vehicle, which takes place on a specially-designed 1.5 kilometer test track. In the near future, the Better Place Center will have the Renault Fluence ZE for demonstrations, which will be available in Israel in 2011.

Note: Continental signed an agreement with Better Place to develop telematics units for electric cars.

Learn more about Better Place here.

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