May 3, 2011
If an Electric Vehicle (EV) driver pulls into a charging station he or she would either have to wait at least 30 minutes to charge the batteries to 80% OR wait even longer when the line is long.
But what if instead of charging the battery, it just gets replaced? Better Place is using that as a business model to ensure that an EV driver’s stay on a station is as quick as changing a remote control’s batteries.
The Chinese Government via the China Southern Grid Co. (CSG) has just signed with Better Place to ensure that future EV users won’t need to worry about waiting lines.
The agreement, which focuses on joint electric car and infrastructure projects in CSG’s service areas, will further advance electric cars with switchable batteries in China. The agreement calls for the companies to open a battery switch station and joint education center in Guangzhou before the end of the year, while working to formalize a joint-venture partnership.
Changing batteries is much more efficient but will require a battery design standardization on all EVs in China at least.