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Jerusalem moves towards electric transportation

by TonyBerkman (editor), Costa Rica, October 26, 2009

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Nir Barkat, Jerusalem's Mayor and Moshe Kaplinski, head of Better Place, signed an agreement on Thursday to initiate, develop and spread of an infrastructure to provide energy for electric cars.

October 22, 2009, Jerusalem, Israel - Better Place Israel, headed by Israeli Moshe Kaplinski, signed an agreement with Israel's capital city of Jerusalem that plans for the installation of an electric vehicle charging infrastructure throughout the municipality. The new initiative, to take place over the next 18 months, will develop and test a newly developed infrastructure of charging stations and battery swapping facilities. The charging stations will be located on major streets in Jerusalem and some public properties including a park, a parking lot and a museum.

To-date 20 charging stations have been installed near the city's central post office and additional stations have been located and installed at the entrance to the city. The contract calls for Better Place to provide for 100 stations for Jerusalem to use.

According to Mayor Barkat, "the Jerusalem of the present is not only a city with a grand past, but a city that looks toward the future. [It is] A city that encourage innovation and excellence and will constantly seek to improve the life of its residents".

The signing ceremony took place near the entrance to the capital from the Route 1 Jerusalem-Tel Aviv Highway. A number of charging locations have been situated there as part of the pilot program for the upcoming year. During the first phase, additional points will be added on major travel routes and in prominent places such as City Hall, the parking lot to Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Independence Park and numerous other locations.

"The shift to green transportation will guarantee that Jerusalem continues to enjoy clear mountain air for the future generations as well," said Mayor Barkat.

"Governments around the world are taking action towards building a national framework for sustainable transportation," said Shai Agassi, Founder and CEO of Better Place. "Today Jerusalem cements Israel's position as a leader in the road to sustainable mobility."

In the past few weeks, the Jerusalem Municipality and Better Place have been in discussions to plan the deployment of a charging infrastructure in the city that provides drivers of electric cars with a convenient experience. The agreement that was signed is the result of a comprehensive analysis and study conducted by both the city and Better Place. Over the next 18 months, Better Place and the city will conduct a comprehensive test of the new charging infrastructure.

"The charging infrastructure that will be deployed in Jerusalem, will provide a cleaner, safer driving experience for Jerusalem residents and the thousands of people who visit the city every day," said Moshe Kaplinsky, CEO of Better Place Israel.

Jerusalem's Mayor, who is a former high tech entrepreneur, said that, "The Jerusalem of the present is not only a city with a grand past but a city that looks forward to the future. A city that encourages innovation and excellence, and will constantly seek to improve the life of its residents. Electric transportation presents the promise of reducing air pollution and preserving the capital for future generations, while contributing to the reduction of the country's dependence on oil."

Shai Agassi, Founder and CEO of Better Place, added, "Jerusalem, like other world capitals, is taking strong action to reduce urban pollution and to prepare the city for a sustainable future." Better Place is a global provider of electric vehicle services.



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By ParentCoach on October 26, 2009 at 09:17 pm

I wish cities in the US was moving as aggressively in this direction.   I understand it's probably a federal / state issue though I have yet to see any sort of infrastructure being built to on a major scale to facilitate electric cars.

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By Theresa H Hall on November 06, 2009 at 09:45 pm

Most likely because I haven't paid as much attention as perhaps I should have, What happens if there is a power failure and the charging stations get turned off or go off-line. What would people owning or driving these electrical vehicles do?

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By TonyBerkman on November 07, 2009 at 04:39 am

@Theresa,  I am not an expert on this technology though I'm guessing there are back up systems in place.   I will find out for you.

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