Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: auto bailout, auto subsidies, bailouts, battery, Better Place, electric hansom cabs, electric vehicles, EV, Evan Thornley, Fiat, hansom cabs, Maxim, NYC, Obama, phev, Pope, Pope Manufacturing Company, Shai Agassi
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.
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Unimpressed with their cars’ performance and m.p.g. for the money. Still, hybrids are gaining popularity overall.
According to industry reports, only about one in three hybrid owners buy another gas-electric model when they trade in.