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To Lease or Not To Lease (EV Batteries)

April 8th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

To lease or not to lease, that is the question. And it has been the question running in the minds of many carmakers as they ponder how to turn their gasoline car business model around to embrace the relatively low-maintenance electric vehicle (EV)


9 Down, 1 To Go — A Personal Tale Of 7 Years With Electric Cars

January 14th, 2018 | by Jesper Berggreen

My lease is up. My BMW i3 — my snappy and ugly duckling — has been returned to AVIS. There was a waiting line, so no chance of extending the lease. I have a reservation for the Tesla Model 3 due to be delivered by the end of the year. So, while I ponder on what to do next, let me recap which EVs I have experienced in the last 7 years. Luckily I have a bunch of electric bikes (some hand-built) that I can ride in the meantime, and I promise you they are nothing you would expect — but that's another story


Cleantech Venture Investments Up 13% in 2011 — Solar the Leader

January 10th, 2012 | by Stephen Lacey

As emerging clean technology companies reach stages of growth that require enormous amounts of deployment capital, investment figures for 2011 reflect that market dynamic. Last year, global corporate and venture capital investments in cleantech grew 13% over 2010, reaching almost $9 billion, according to preliminary figures released from the Cleantech Group. Most of those investments are going to companies that have already picked up one or more rounds of funding, with 85% of dollars flowing into Series B rounds or later. The most stunning increase in activity last year was in mergers and acquisitions, which grew by 154% in 2011. Because it’s often more attractive for cleantech companies to merge with a mature corporate parent rather than go public, the amount of exits in M&A have shot up dramatically.


Re-generation: The Next Wave of Entrepreneurship is in Sustainability

October 11th, 2011 | by Adam Hurwitz

“A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move towards higher levels.”- Albert Einstein Our nation's economic success has always been based on our technological superiority coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit: In the 1940's, it was our superior infrastructure and distribution capabilities. In the 60's and 70's, we had an explosion of scientific revolutions through the "space race." And in the late 80's and 90's, the technological revolution turned into the internet revolution


BYD E6 and the EV Range Solution

August 15th, 2011 | by Breath on the Wind

BYD Co Ltd is on schedule to enter the growing EV market with the E6 crossover in Q2 of 2012. E6 represents the big battery solution to EV range. Other solutions...


The Equivalent of Fast-Charging EV Batteries

July 19th, 2011 | by Nicholas Brown

Project Better Place is about developing an electric vehicle battery swapping system that can enable people to literally replace their battery packs in exchange for another one which was charged while it was at the Better Place swapping station


Car 2.0 Overview

April 18th, 2011 | by Adam Hurwitz

Even though automotive executives initially deemed Better Place’s all-electric solution as “nothing more than a thought experiment,” Shai Agassi started by redesigning the all-electric vehicle or EV to prove them wrong and make it as good as any gasoline car today. This was done by developing a convenient system (because it is unacceptable to drive your car for an hour and charge for eight) that's more affordable (not a forty thousand dollar sedan that would be impossible to finance today). This system uses technology that is feasible with current technology and economics. It is readily available to be scaled to mass in order for 99% of the population to drive it



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