Is “Project Better Place” Just in it For the Money?

I wrote about “Project Better Place” coming to Hawaii the other day.

I just read this comment out of Israel that has me wondering about the project:

Better Place’s share in the project still remains unclear but there can be no doubting that the model’s implementation will be followed worldwide. The Department of Energy, the project’s main partner, has a tremendous influence on the US energy economy and the way it is regulated, as well as control over funding for research and development that can turn under-funded ideas into a business reality worth billions.

One clue to the business potential is the attempt to introduce alternative energy sources and a green, sustainable environment in the large US military forces permanently stationed in the Hawaiian islands. Will we see US soldiers driving around in battery-powered staff cars?

3 Responses

  1. Project Better Place is a horrible idea. They’re forcing a ridiculously high standardization burden and overhead costs for battery swapping for no good reason. Automotive li-ions can fast charge just fine. In fact, Oahu already has a network of 60kW fast charging stations already in place. PBP wants to standardize on inductive charging, which is vastly inferior to condutive (and was ditched by California in favor of conductive for this reason). PBP’s battery rental model is just plain annoying; I want to *own* my EV, not “kinda sorta but not really” own it. If the sticker shock is too high for some people and they’re too dumb to realize that the extra cost pays back over time, then just extend the lease so the monthly payments are lower; don’t make it so that they can’t actually own their car and have to keep paying you until the end of time.

    PBP just really bothers me.

  2. If Better Place were only in it for the money, they would not come to the US at all. They will stay in Europe where gasoline is $10 gallon…

    The reason DOE needs to intervene is the fact that the feds are underpricing the true cost of gasoline for the US economy

  3. Battery powered Strykers.

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