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Cities would get up to 250,000 charging stations each

Electric cars have lots of potential, but currently they have many drawbacks as well. A couple of the biggest drawbacks for electric cars are limited driving range and the fact that most cities aren't set up with easy access to charging stations.

An American firm is looking to make charging electric vehicles easier in Australia. The firm is called Better Place and has unveiled plans that would place an electrical charging network costing $667 million in major cities in Australia. Working with Better Place to make the charging network a reality is Australian power company AGL and finance group Macquarie Capital.

The agreement with have the finance group raising the money to build the charge network and placing the network in the country's largest cities like Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. AGL says that the electricity for the system would be generated by renewable means.

Each of the three cities would have a network of between 200,000 and 250,000 charging stations by 2012. Drivers of electric vehicles would pay similarly to a cellular calling plan where the cost is based on the amount of power used.

Better Place CEO Shai Agassi said in a statement, "We call it a ubiquitous charging network across the cities. We are investing in Australia's economy and adding jobs while helping the country take a generational leap forward toward oil independence."

Once the charge system is in place commuters would have less reason not to buy electric cars and the Australian government might offer tax incentives or free power for early adopters of the charge network.

Several carmakers that sell vehicles in Australia are bringing electric vehicles to market including GM and Renault-Nissan. Agassi is encouraging Australian carmakers to develop their own electric vehicles. The network will also have 150 switch stations in each city where drivers of electric cars can pull through a car wash like building and exchange depleted battery packs for fresh ones.



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RE: WTH?
By JasonMick (blog) on 10/24/2008 11:23:56 AM , Rating: 3
Aussie: No! It's a Rocky Mountain rattle snake. This is the most poisonous snake in this entire region. [quietly] Now, what I'm gonna do, is carefully sneak up on him, and jam my thumb...Awww, yeah, that pissed it off all right!

Mephesto Does he always do this?


RE: WTH?
By Smartless on 10/24/2008 4:09:11 PM , Rating: 2
"These clothes are from Eddie Bauer. I haven't seen anyone wearing clothes like this since 1996."

He wait a second... I'm wearing Eddie Bauer. DOH!


RE: WTH?
By croc on 10/25/2008 2:14:42 AM , Rating: 2
Australia has about 17 of the most poisonous snakes in the world... And several of the top venomous, mean and nasty spiders. If an Aussie weas bitten by a rattlesnake, he'd kill the snake and cook it for lunch, washed down with a VB. (I hope you are trying to take the mickey here...)

To the topic, though, this whole project seems to me something of a 'field of dreams' thing. But as long as AGL doesn't raise my rates, I look forward to watching this idea progress.


RE: WTH?
By xsilver on 10/27/2008 6:41:27 AM , Rating: 2
The funny thing I found about the OP's post is that americans like to grandiose their poisonous snakes with deathly names while the most poisonous snake in australia is the brown snake.


RE: WTH?
By rcc on 10/27/2008 3:00:58 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm, you mean like rattlesnake, because it has a rattle?

Or Cotton mouth.

They are mostly just descriptive.


RE: WTH?
By on 10/27/2008 6:05:13 PM , Rating: 2
didnt you know that us Aussies ride around the streets in the pouch of a kangaroo?


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