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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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By chmilz on 10/24/2008 12:52:28 PM , Rating: 1
Probably because their power grid isn't older than the country itself, and their government isn't plagued by bureaucratic red tape that would stifle the endeavor.

By StevoLincolnite on 10/24/2008 8:25:17 PM , Rating: 2
That's both a good thing and a bad thing, At the moment they are attempting to "censor" the Internet for all Australians which is going to bring in slower speeds and legit web pages unable to be accessed by everyone, good thing is we are getting the National Broadband Network sometime this century, sometimes the Aussie Government can do a good thing (like this) and sometimes pull completely crappy stunts (like a Simplified China' Censored Internet)

By croc on 10/25/2008 1:46:15 AM , Rating: 2
Get clue... Or a passport, or both. The Gov't's been trying to float this idea for at least 7 years now, and to this point it has come to nought. The gov't provided a free kiddie filter, and the take-up was miniscule.

By gumbi18 on 10/26/2008 6:49:16 PM , Rating: 2
Mate they're actually testing the filters right now. It's already been tested in Tasmania. This is not just some pipe dream that the government has. It's soon set to be reality. The government has spent god knows how much money on ISP level filtering and unfortunately won't give up on it.

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