We’ve mentioned the ambitious plans of Shai Agassi -- the former software giant turned electric car pioneer -- to reinvent the plug-in wheel. And now it's official: he’s landed himself a laboratory through which to realize his dream, :
Israel, tiny and bereft of oil, has decided to embrace the electric car.
And Shai Agassi, and his startup have been hand-picked to drive the experiment. Along with Renault and Nissan who have signed on to provide the cars. (You can read the speech Agassi delivered today on Israel's announcement .)
Agassi’s charge is to provide the car's lithium-ion battery and to build the whole, countrywide infrastructure. That means creating the world's first electric car service stations that will allow drivers to charge their cars and swap batteries along the road.
Think cell phone model, applied to cars:
Purchasers get subsidized hardware — the car — and pay a monthly fee for expected mileage, like minutes on a cell phone plan, eliminating concerns about the fluctuating price of gasoline.
Some other tidbits of note: