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E.V. Utopia: Pipe Dream or Not?

A few more details about Better Place's electric-vehicle infrastructure: there'll be 100 battery-swap locations and 250,000 charging locations. Users will own their own cars, but not the batteries, since they'll be swapping them out on the regs. "But a jumble of battery types from various automakers, without industry-wide standardization, could obviously turn such a plan into a nightmare." Plus the $1 billion they need to raise over three years sounds like a bit of a stretch in this economy. [Wheels Blog]