It seems my earlier prediction that Renault may be backing away from Better Place is confirmed (see Is Renault backing away from commitments to Better Place, causing a crisis for Better Place). I just wrote it up on examiner.com, but Renault/Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn just told a Danish news site “When you look at the overall trends, we must conclude that the replaceable batteries no longer the main track for electric vehicles. The main trail is flat batteries in cars with charging. We believe that people want flexibility in the technology, and we can see that demand is rechargeable standard batteries.”
Not only does he no longer see a point to fast battery swapping, Renault and Nissan both are pushing quick charging instead. What we should expect is to see further work on fast charging, and for Better Place to keep struggling until the patience of the Israel Corp wears out.
Ghosn did say that Renault would continue supplying Fluence ZE’s to Better Place. But the statement clearly says those days are numbered.
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