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.



Better Place cars hit roads in Tel Aviv
January 23, 2012, 16:54
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First series of Better Place cars hit roads – JPost – Headlines.

I’ve mentioned Shai Agassi’s Better Place project before, wondering what the heck happened to it. Well, here ya go.

This system is similar to that which was in place to support Hansom cabs in NYC around the turn of the (last) century.



Tel Aviv wants to put car parking underground
January 8, 2012, 10:57
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Municipal Director General Menahem Leibe stresses that the city’s investment in bike paths is part of a clearly defined policy of putting bicyclists and pedestrians first. “It can come at the expense of private cars. There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” Leibe said, although he adds that the ultimate goal is striking the right balance among pedestrians, bicycles and cars.

On Bloch Street, one end of which faces the municipality, dozens of parking spaces are being sacrificed for bike lanes, to the outrage of people who live or work in the area. “It’s insignificant,” Leibe said, promising to build more parking lots. He said it’s all part of the worldview of the municipality and the man who heads it.

“Our idea is for vehicles to park underground and for pedestrians and bicyclists to be on the ground. It’s the right thing, especially in a city as densely populated as Tel Aviv,” Leibe said.

via Coming to Tel Aviv? Better bring your bicycle – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News.

Two years ago everybody was talking about Shai Agassi’s idea for electric car charging stations and battery exchange in Israel. Haven’t heard much about that lately.