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Shai Agassi. a Silicon entrepreneur, pledges that he can the spiraling cost of gasoline the world’s first mass-produced car.

In January, Israel’s endorsed the Palo Alto ambitious joint venture his startup company — Better Place — and

Agassi says he raised million to get the $500 million project, which will a network of charging and battery-exchange by 2010, off the ground.

Project Place also has signed an with Denmark to begin a operation by 2011. In Denmark, a in developing wind power, are expected to be recharged using turbines.

Agassi, a 39-year-old co-founded Project Better after he quit his post in as president of the products and technology for the German software giant SAP AG. some insiders say he left losing out in a power struggle to SAP’s chief executive, says he left to focus on that are important to me, including energy and the future of Israel.

140 miles on a charge

Agassi is on his electric-powered sedan revolutionizing on the roads, cleaning up the environment and dependence on oil. The cars are to have a range of up to 140 miles per and a top speed of 68 mph — the speed in Israel.

Last month, he reporters to test-drive a prototype looks a lot like the Renault a four-door sedan. The car is noticeably and has no exhaust pipe, an electric in place of a gas cap and a dashboard gauge measures the charge of the vehicle’s lithium-ion battery.

In the United Hawaii Gov. Linda has said she is interested in her state the first to embrace the electric-car Mayor Gavin Newsom has reportedly expressed interest in San Francisco the first U.S. to place electric cars on roads.

Agassi said because most rides are than 100 miles, drivers can batteries at home, at work or at of charging points throughout On longer trips, they can batteries in a five-minute operation at 200 swap stations.

We have a second battery for driver in the swap stations. waiting for you in case you need it. You need to carry it with you in the Agassi said.

Moreover, global product planning Tom Lane. has said his firm soon announce a battery one that could increase range to around 200 miles per while recharging in as little as 20

The cars are also expected to be economical than a typical sedan due in part to tax breaks the Israeli and Danish governments. also says the development of the battery has significantly lowered the of electricity at a time when oil are soaring. Gas currently costs $10 a in Israel and more than $8 a in Denmark.


Within a decade, the of energy for a single year of supply for a combustion car should more than the cost of for an electric car’s entire even when taking the of battery into consideration, said.

As with cellular phones, the service providers install an that allows users to calls and send text, Better Place plans to $550 a month and provide miles a year for the use of the batteries and and swap stations. The customer own the battery — the cars are to have easily removable packs that can be exchanged.

nutty idea’

But not everyone is that electric cars are the

Jerry Flint. automotive at Forbes magazine. wrote the project looks like nutty idea. Electric have limited range and a good while to recharge. I am skeptical about how quickly will solve the lithium-ion problems, such as overheating, and be to put the batteries into mass

Nevertheless, the project has won the endorsement of President Shimon Peres and Ofer. chairman of Israel one of the nation’s major industrial who has invested $130 million in the

I consider this to be a revolutionary and I believe that most of the will drive an electric car a decade, Ofer said.

Agassi said he will driving his customized electric RAV4 EV — one of only — on Northern California

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I wish I had a battery swap where I can drive to. We don’t, so I my energy, he said. It’s one of the fun cars I’ve ever because every time I go by a gas I feel like I cheated.

The man battery-swap plan

Shai 39, is an Israeli software entrepreneur who TopTier Software in Israel in He later moved the company’s to Northern California.

In 2007, he the startup Project Better after he quit his job as top executive at the software giant SAP AG.

Project Place wants to produce cars as an alternative to current fuel technology.

The automobile could revolutionize Israel Denmark could be next

For the most part, foreign — including Nissan-Renault, Audi, Mitsubishi and Subaru are developing electric cars to California’s zero-emission vehicle which requires at least electric or hydrogen fuel vehicles on state roads by

In the United States, electric are not a large part of U.S. plans — for the time And mileage per charge is not high. But in the joint-venture Nissan-Renault/Project Better electric car is expected to have a of 140 miles per charge.

For longer motorists will be able to the battery at about 200 swap to be built throughout Israel by

Project Better Place has signed an agreement with to begin a similar operation by Both the Israeli and Danish have agreed to provide tax to stimulate the program.

U.S. into the electric car arena

Chevrolet Volt: The Volt’s batteries will handle 40 miles, enough for a daily the car can switch to gas power for longer The Volt, which is expected to be by the end of 2010, is the centerpiece of General push to develop alternative-fuel

Tesla Motors: The San Carlos makes an electric sports car can do 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. The nearly $100,000 car can be into a standard wall for six to seven hours. Or drivers can use a station designed by Tesla in their garage.

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