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The first deliveries of the Renault Fluence Z.E. took place on the 22nd of January 2012 and around 100 electric cars were allocated to Better Place’s employees. Better Place planned a staged delivery process as the infrastructure across the country was completed. Retail customer deliveries began in the second quarter of 2012. As of mid September 2012, there were 21 operational battery-swap stations open to the public in Israel. Cumulative sales through July 2012 reached 300 cars, and as of the end of October, just 490 cars had been sold, making the company’s target of 4,000 customers by June 2013 a difficult goal to achieve. In October 2012, Better Place signed a deal with Elco to supply 125 cars worth NIS 15m. The 125 Renault Fluence ZEs were to be delivered through 2012 and 2013. As of December 2012, a total of 518 cars were sold in the country. In the first four months of 2013, a total 422 cars were sold, bringing the total to 940. Alan Gelman, chief financial officer said in January 2013 that the company had turned a corner in recent weeks with large sales to fleets and that the days of not selling cars were over Nevertheless, on 26 May 2013 the company filed for bankruptcy in Israel.
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We would also point out that European cars don't go through the same tests as American cars do. The EPA's test attempts to mimic American driving conditions, while European cars go through a more European test. We're not exactly happy with the realism of either of the tests (and many car buyers aren't either), but they're sure to account for further MPG differences between European and American market cars.
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If you’re interested in buying a car, reliability is probably on your mind. And if that’s the case, you’re probably seeking out Japanese vehicles, which are generally thought to be more reliable than cars from other countries. But is that really true? To find out, we examined three different J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Studies — from 2008, 2010 and 2013. The studies look back three years to see which cars have the fewest issues.Compact CarsIf you’re looking for a compact car, should your default choice be a Japanese brand? J.D. Power’s data suggests so.This year’s study, for example, named three winners among compact cars: the Toyota Prius, the Ford Focus and the Mazda3. Only the Focus is American-made, while the Mazda3 and Prius are both Japanese. The result is similar in the 2010 study, where the Japanese-made Toyota Prius once again topped the compact charts, this time just ahead of the Japanese Toyota Corolla. The American-made Pontiac Vibe finished third. The 2008 study had a similar result. In other words, according to J.D. Power, Japanese compact cars tend to be a cut above their non-Japanese rivals.
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The company’s financial difficulties were caused by the high investment required to develop the charging and swapping infrastructure, about US$850 million in private capital, and market penetration significantly lower than originally predicted by Shai Agassi, who expected 100,000 cars on Israeli roads by 2010. Less than 1,000 Fluence Z.E. cars were deployed in Israel and around 400 cars in Denmark. Under Better Place’s business model, the company owned the Fluence Z.E. batteries, so the court liquidator would have to decide what to do with customers who do not have ownership of the battery and risk being left with a useless car.
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The Better Place electric car charging infrastructure network was based on a smart grid software platform using Intel Atom processors and Microsoft .NET software, or comparable vendors. This platform was first of its kind in the world and was to enable Better Place to manage the charging of hundreds of thousands of electric cars simultaneously by automatically time-shifting recharging away from peak demand hours of the day, preventing overload of the electrical grid of the host country. Better Place would be able to provide electricity for millions of electric cars without adding a single electricity generator or transmission line by using smart software that oversaw and managed the recharging of electric cars connected with Better Place.
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The Better Place approach was to enable manufacturing and sales of different electric cars separately from their standardized batteries in the same way that petrol cars are sold separately from their fuel. Petrol is not purchased upfront, but is bought a few times a month when the fuel tank needs filling. Similarly, the Better Place monthly payment would cover electric „fuel“ costs including battery, daily charging and battery swaps. Better Place was to allow customers to pay incrementally for battery costs including electric power, battery life, degradation, warranty problems, maintenance, capital cost, quality, technology advancement and anything else related to the battery. The per-distance fees would cover battery pack leasing, charging and swap infrastructure, purchasing sustainable electricity, profits, and the cost of investor capital. All battery problems would be handled by Better Place which would then bundle the costs and bill their customers monthly for providing all the infrastructure.
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In Australia, Better Place announced agreements with AGL Energy and financial advisor Macquarie Capital Group to raise A$1,000,000,000 and begin deploying an electric vehicle (EV) network powered by renewable energy. According to Better Place, its model for sustainable mobility would help Australia move toward oil independence. With the world’s seventh highest per capita rate of car ownership, the country had nearly 15 million cars on the road after adding over a million new cars in 2007.
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Electric cars aren’t allowed by law to directly plug into ordinary Israeli electrical outlets. Better Place charging stations were to have smart grid interactivity that automatically time shifted the charging process away from peak electrical demand hours. Most critics claimed it was an attempt to monopolize the charging of car batteries, and had in fact the reverse effect, and had discouraged many potential customers in Israel from buying Better Place’s cars.
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The Nation-E’s Angel Car system is a portable unit, containing a lithium-ion battery, that stores energy and is used as an emergency charger for electric cars that run out of power. It designed to be a solution to „range anxiety“ without the deployment of significant new infrastructure, and provides fast-charging services for all known Evs equipped with a fast-charging socket, including hybrid cars.
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If you’re interested in buying a car, reliability is probably on your mind. And if that’s the case, you’re probably seeking out Japanese vehicles, which are generally thought to be more reliable than cars from other countries. But is that really true? To find out, we examined three different J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Studies — from 2008, 2010 and 2013. The studies look back three years to see which cars have the fewest issues.
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This year’s study, for example, named three winners among compact cars: the Toyota Prius, the Ford Focus and the Mazda3. Only the Focus is American-made, while the Mazda3 and Prius are both Japanese. The result is similar in the 2010 study, where the Japanese-made Toyota Prius once again topped the compact charts, this time just ahead of the Japanese Toyota Corolla. The American-made Pontiac Vibe finished third. The 2008 study had a similar result. In other words, according to J.D. Power, Japanese compact cars tend to be a cut above their non-Japanese rivals.
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We’re not sure if this data suggests that non-Japanese brands are getting better, or if it instead means that Japanese cars hold up longer. But one thing is for certain: Studies typically show that Japanese cars tend to be more reliable than American or European models. That isn’t always the case, but it’s true often enough that we’d suggest strongly considering a Japanese vehicle if your top concern when buying a car is reliability — and especially if you’re considering a used vehicle.
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In the 2008 and 2010 studies, Japanese brands dominated SUV categories. Honda and Toyota models earned the top spots in nearly every category, suggesting that Japanese SUVs offer the best in reliability and dependability.New CarsAnd what if you’re searching for a new car instead of a used model? To find out, we checked this year’s J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, which examines problems within the first three months of ownership.Interestingly, non-Japanese brands seem to do better here. The study was topped by German automaker Porsche, with American brand GMC and Japanese brand Lexus close behind. By segment, American automaker Chevrolet received the most awards with five total. Japanese brands Mazda and Honda tied Porsche and Korean automaker Kia for second place with two awards apiece.We’re not sure if this data suggests that non-Japanese brands are getting better, or if it instead means that Japanese cars hold up longer. But one thing is for certain: Studies typically show that Japanese cars tend to be more reliable than American or European models. That isn’t always the case, but it’s true often enough that we’d suggest strongly considering a Japanese vehicle if your top concern when buying a car is reliability — and especially if you’re considering a used vehicle.
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NEW YORK—According to a poll of 5-year-old film critics released Tuesday, the 2006 Disney-Pixar animated feature Cars only gets better after the 40th viewing. „The tow truck talks funny, and he has big teeth,“ said noted cinéaste Ramon Diaz, 5, adding that it takes at least 30 screenings before the film’s message of friendship achieves full resonance. „Let’s watch it again!“ The poll’s respondents also agreed that Willie Wonka And The Chocolate Factory is a weird and scary film they wish their parents would stop trying to make them watch.

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