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Consumer Technology Shai Agassi

Published on July 28th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz

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Shai Agassi: The Israeli T. Boone Pickens?

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July 28th, 2008 by  

Shai Agassi

Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens has received a glut of media attention recently for his plan to develop the largest wind power project in the world. Now the New York Times suggests that Pickens might have a visionary counterpart in Shai Agassi, an Israeli software entrepreneur obsessed with making Israel the world leader in electric cars.

Agassi, along with his company Better Place, have an Israeli government-backed plan to create an electric car program that will give subscribers access to a car, a battery, and outlets across Israel. Subscribers will also be able to swap dead batteries for fresh ones in designated garages.

Better Place will run the smart grid that charges the electric cars. The company is also currently contracting for enough solar energy energy to power the whole fleet, which will roll out next year with 500 cars built by Renault.

But Agassi’s vision doesn’t end with Israeli electric cars.

The entrepreneur has also pitched his ideas to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who plans to ask auto manufacturers to make all new cars sold in the UK either electric or hybrid by 2020. The Better Place subscriber model is being strongly considered by the PM.

With plans to expand even further into Denmark and possibly Portugal, rest assured that you’ll be hearing Agassi’s name frequently in the near future.

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  • salvatore forzisi

    Procedure of loading batteries of an electrical vehicle by Aeolic system

    The recharges of batteries, which supplies energy to the electric motor of a vehicle, will be carried out through an Aeolic System composed by the following elements:

    -rotor

    -generator,

    -controller with load

    -rectifier

    The vehicle, being left over, will always have some air amount whose speed will be directly propertional to the same speed of the vehicle.

    The air will enter in the autobody by the embrasures placed in the frontal part of the vehicle, and it will canalized towards the rotores.

    The rotores could be one or more and they will be placed inside the auto body in a way not to hinder the advance of the vehicle creating friction.

    The Permanent Magnet Generator (PMG) concurs of extracting the maximum

    power by the rotor.

    The controller with loads serves to prevent the damaging of the batteries.

    The generated current will be “alternating current trifase” (AC) and will be converted from the rectifier in “direct current” (DC).

    The generator, the controllers electronics, the rectifier and the batteries will be placed into the vehicle.

    The direct current, finally, will be canalized, by a power cable , towards the batteries and it will recharge to them.

    It will be also possible to load the batteries when the vehicle is stopped.

    This is possible because the wind, investing the car from several points, will be put towards a rotor that will create described energy.

    Purposes of the plan and advantages:

    * to produce energy to cost 0 and 0 emissions, bringing a remarkable

    economic, ecological and social advantage.

    * the energy produced in march feeds the same march of the vehicle and there is no need to stop for the refueling.

    * development of an innovative system based on rotators and generators placed into the autobody.

    cav. Salvatore Forzisi

    via bezzecca 2

    40139 Bologna

    tel.(+39) 051 6233600

    mobile(+39) 3465048310

  • salvatore forzisi

    Procedure of loading batteries of an electrical vehicle by Aeolic system

    The recharges of batteries, which supplies energy to the electric motor of a vehicle, will be carried out through an Aeolic System composed by the following elements:

    -rotor

    -generator,

    -controller with load

    -rectifier

    The vehicle, being left over, will always have some air amount whose speed will be directly propertional to the same speed of the vehicle.

    The air will enter in the autobody by the embrasures placed in the frontal part of the vehicle, and it will canalized towards the rotores.

    The rotores could be one or more and they will be placed inside the auto body in a way not to hinder the advance of the vehicle creating friction.

    The Permanent Magnet Generator (PMG) concurs of extracting the maximum

    power by the rotor.

    The controller with loads serves to prevent the damaging of the batteries.

    The generated current will be “alternating current trifase” (AC) and will be converted from the rectifier in “direct current” (DC).

    The generator, the controllers electronics, the rectifier and the batteries will be placed into the vehicle.

    The direct current, finally, will be canalized, by a power cable , towards the batteries and it will recharge to them.

    It will be also possible to load the batteries when the vehicle is stopped.

    This is possible because the wind, investing the car from several points, will be put towards a rotor that will create described energy.

    Purposes of the plan and advantages:

    * to produce energy to cost 0 and 0 emissions, bringing a remarkable

    economic, ecological and social advantage.

    * the energy produced in march feeds the same march of the vehicle and there is no need to stop for the refueling.

    * development of an innovative system based on rotators and generators placed into the autobody.

    cav. Salvatore Forzisi

    via bezzecca 2

    40139 Bologna

    tel.(+39) 051 6233600

    mobile(+39) 3465048310

  • brian

    and all the electricity for these cars, on top of our current consumption is coming from …???

  • brian

    and all the electricity for these cars, on top of our current consumption is coming from …???

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