Electric vehicle charging spots unveiled in Israel


Tel Aviv, Israel — (METERING.COM) — December 15, 2008 – The design and deployment of electric vehicle charging spots and electric parking lots – the car fuel stations of the future – have been unveiled in Israel.

Developed by Better Place Israel, such infrastructure is being deployed in what is expected to be the world’s first nationwide network for charging electric vehicles in that country. The company plans also to instal similar infrastructure in deployments around the world.

The company started the network deployment pilot in Israel with several municipalities including Tel Aviv, Haifa, Kefar Sava, Holon, and Jerusalem, and it plans to continue to deploy the network in public places in these cities.

With the pilot, the company signed an agreement with Ahuzat Hof’s parking lots. In every parking lot, charging spot infrastructure has been planned and implemented. The deployment included production planning of electricity board installation and deployment of electric cables from the board to the charging spot.

The charging spot is part of the Better Place electric car charging infrastructure, which also includes battery exchange stations and a service control center that plans the energy consumption of the car and the whole system.

The charging spots were designed by San Francisco-based design agency, New Deal Design, and have been developed in Israel with the cooperation of Nekuda D.M designing and technology Israel. The spot complies with international standards and is planned to be deployed in Israel, Denmark, Australia, California, and Hawaii, among other countries.

“In designing and deploying the charge spot, our top priority is the driver’s experience,” comments Tal Agassi, director of infrastructure products and international deployment development for Better Place. “We set out to design a user friendly and simple charging experience for the user that will encourage drivers to switch from the pump to the plug.”

Better Place positions itself as a “mobility operator” whose users purchase “miles”, in much the same way that users of mobile phones purchase “minutes” from a cellular operator. In every electric car on the network, the company will install its operating system, which serves as the intelligence for the car and the network. The system centralizes the energy consumption of the car and helps the driver to plan an intelligent destination path so that the car always has enough power to get to and from a destination.

The software in the car is connected to the service control center, which is designed to provide information and solutions for driving destinations in real time. The control center centralizes the energy consumption, regulates the different demands, and produces an energy consumption plan that is fitted to each car.

Better Place has also entered into an agreement with the State of Hawaii to collaborate on both the infrastructure and the renewable energy sources needed to power a statewide network of public charging spots and battery swapping stations. Better Place plans to begin applying for permits for the network within the next year, followed six months later by the introduction of its first electric vehicles, leading to the mass market availability of electric cars in Hawaii by 2012.