PHOTO CAPTION: In April 2010, Better Place and Chery agreed to collaborate on giving the G5 battery-swapping capability.

The Challenge of Powering Tomorrow's Cars

Is Better Place's battery-swapping strategy also a better idea?

Published: 11-Sep-2010

Imagine driving across America using a fuel so new you have to carry your own supply wherever you go.

At the start of the 20th century, before the era of ubiquitous gas stations, drivers did just that as they tested the limits of cars like the Ford Model T, which ran on gasoline, kerosene or ethanol and could, if driven carefully, travel more than 150 miles on a full tank.

Now a new generation of drivers is set to embark on a similar kind of experiment. Until recently, most electric vehicles, or EVs as they are often known, have had a range of just a few dozen miles, limiting their usefulness and appeal. That's a big reason the long-talked-about era of electric vehicles has been, well, talked and talked about for so long with little real-world progress.


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