Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


No Bailout for Better Place

I wrote a little about this company’s scheme for swappable batteries and recharging stations in The Cyclist’s Manifesto, the book I wanted to call 1000 M.P.G. Noted the similarity of their scheme to what was working in NYC in the 1890s with Pope’s electric hansom cabs.

Better Place was situating itself to capitalize on the eventual demise of gas guzzling auto companies. But when certain key gas guzzling car companies tried to go paws-up, Dr. Obama and Co. stepped in and — Clear! — hit ’em with the paddles. Priorities.

FORTUNE — Electric car company Better Place is planning to file for bankruptcy within the next several days, Fortune has learned.

The move will come seven months after the ouster of charismatic founder Shai Agassi, and five months after his successor — Evan Thornley, CEO of Better Place Australia — also departed.

via Exclusive: Better Place to file for bankruptcy – The Term Sheet: Fortune's deals blogTerm Sheet.



Also known as “The Cancellara”

The annual competition has brought forth the latest trends of the industry and has also shown what the bikes of the future might become, the center said recently.

“There has been an obvious growth of popularity in electric bikes,” a spokeswoman of the center said, adding that six of the 19 finalists used such products.

Apart from a smaller motor system, how the battery is concealed in an aesthetic way is also crucial, she added.

The “Velocity,” an urban bike designed by Chen Cheng-liang of Taiwan, for example, has a hidden and detachable power assistance system inside the frame.

via Light electric vehicles, urban bikes foci of design competition | Eco-Business.com.



Answers about charging Nissan LEAF from Nissan USA
December 10, 2011, 15:45
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Ouch on the $2000 home charging station installation.

Answers about charging Nissan LEAF | Nissan USA.



The battery pack in this Lotus-looking Tesla weighs 1500 pounds
November 19, 2011, 03:31
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…according to its owner. Ouch..

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