Daily Israel Report

Renault Begins Electric Car Field Tests in Israel

Renault SA has begun Israeli field tests for the electric car it has developed with Shai Agassi's Better Place LLC.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 8/24/2010, 3:41 PM / Last Update: 8/24/2010, 4:34 PM

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Renault SA has begun field tests in Israel for the electric car it has developed with Shai Agassi's Better Place LLC, in time to run the vehicle through its paces during the hottest time of the year.

A company team from the French car maker brought over two prototypes of the Renault Fluence ZE last month, specially designed for use in Israel.

Both of the prototypes are equipped with a rapid battery replacement system located in the back of the car.

The cars will also be used in a system-wide test to be carried out shortly by Better Place, which will check the ignition and battery replacement systems in the vehicles. Also to be checked will be the remote management network, as well as other service elements in the Better Place network model.

At present, there are two robotic battery replacement systems in Israel.

Earlier this year, the California-based Better Place told The Associated Press it hoped the Israeli model would swing the entire world in the direction of electric transportation.

The firm, which is launching a similar project in Denmark, said it was aiming to open between 70 to 100 recharge stations across the country by 2011.