Better Place to Import US-Assembled Electric Cars to Israel for Field Tests

Jose Michael

Globes. Better Place plans to import an initial ten electric vehicles assembled in the US for field tests for the Better Place project in Israel. The EVs will test the recharging infrastructure and navigation technology, train technical teams, and be used to demonstrate the potential of the electric car fleet to potential customers.

Better Place, headed by Shai Agassi, confirmed the report, saying, “The cars slated for tests in Israel are being assembled in the US and will arrive in Israel soon.”

It is not yet clear which platform will be the basis for the electric car. However, industry sources believe that it will be a family car made by either Chrysler or Chevrolet, both of which sell cars in Israel. This will facilitate standards procedures. Alternatively, European cars, possibly made by Renault SA will be flown to the US where they will be fitted with electric motors and batteries.

Globes reports that the selection of the US was apparently driven by the recent investment in A123Systems by Ofer Holdings Group. Idan Ofer is the Chairman of the Board of Better Place.
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