Australian news, and some related international items

Electric cars for Australia will use predominantly renewable energy

GM’s Holden, Better Place reach charging-station agreement for Australia  By Danny King  Autoblog Green Jul 13th 2012 Better Place is going from Israel and Denmark to the Land Down Under. The progenitors of electric-vehicle battery-swapping systems have reached a deal with General Motors’ Holden division in Australia to provide EV-charging stations that can be used by drivers of the Holden (née Chevrolet ) Volt  extended-range plug-in.

Better Place will provide so-called “membership packages” for Volt drivers while installing charging stations, including a bunch at Holden Volt dealers. Better Place also said it would work with the Australian government at ensuring that much of the energy used by the charging stations will come from renewable sources for true emissions-free driving (for the first 35 miles or so, anyway).

Better Place recently said that EVs using its battery-swapping systems in Israel and Denmark have surpassed one million kilometers (625,000 miles) driven via Better Place-supplied power. The company has an agreement with Renault to use the French automaker’s Fluence Z.E. EVs for the project…..

July 14, 2012 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, energy

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