|A Better Place EV prototype and the charging spot. Click to enlarge.|
Better Place Israel introduced its first “plugged-in” parking lots as well as the charging spot design that will be used in Better Place deployments around the world. Better Place Israel CEO Moshe Kaplinsky unveiled the charging spot at the Cinema City parking lot in Pi-Glilot. (Earlier post.)
The company has begun deployment of its recharging network pilot in Israel with several municipalities including Tel Aviv, Haifa, Kefar Sava, Holon, and Jerusalem, and it plans to continue to deploy the network in public places in these cities.
|Close-up of the connector. Click to enlarge.|
The company has signed an agreement with Ahuzat Hof’s parking lots while it also simultaneously finishes infrastructure deployment in other areas including the Bazel parking lot, Europe house, Axelrod and the IBM corporate campus.
The charging spot is part of the Better Place electric car charging infrastructure, which includes charging spots, battery exchange stations and a service control center that plans the energy consumption of the car and the whole system. (Earlier post.)
The Better Place charging spots have been deployed in Israel with the cooperation of Nekuda D.M designing and technology Israel. During the development of the charging spot, Better Place evaluated a number of strategic criteria including: safety, user experience, mass deployment ability, maintenance, cost, and the need to blend the charging spot with the urban view.
San Francisco-based New Deal Design designed the Better Place charging spot. It includes a connector that has been developed and designed by Better Place and complies with international standards. The charging spot will be deployed in Israel, Denmark, Australia, California, Hawaii and in other countries and regions where Better Place will deploy its infrastructure.
Better Place will install an operating system in every electric car on its network. The on-board software is connected to the service control center, which is designed to provide information and solutions for driving destinations in real time. The control center centralizes the energy consumption, regulates the different demands, and produces an energy consumption plan that is fitted to each car.