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PHOTO CAPTION: Import cars in holding area at Port of Ashdod, Israel.

Impounded Renault Electric Cars to Be Scrappped

An estimated 100 out of 360 impounded Renault Fluence EVs destined for use by now-bankrupt Better Place in Israel reported will be scraped. The fate of the remaining cars is uncertain.

Published: 11-Sep-2014

It's a long time since I wrote anything about Better Place. I’m still driving my electric car almost every day. Except on days like today when I need to drive up to Jerusalem and back. Then I have to swap cars with my wife. Unfortunately. What a pity.

When I worked on plans to rescue Better Place from the bankruptcy, plenty of thought was given to these cars sitting in the port at Ashdod. These were tied up in huge bureaucratic red tape issues. Seems there really never was any will to get them on the road.

I can imagine that after one and a half years sitting idle, the batteries are completely wrecked. The car bodies (sitting next to the sea for so long) are probably not great either and this is just a huge disgrace. Carasso (the importer) and Renault should be ashamed of themselves. They could have given these cars away to a thousand families who would have LOVE to make local journeys in them just as I do almost every day.

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