Better Place Completes Successful Tokyo Taxi Battery Swap Trials

Better Place Tokyo facility

In brief: Utilizing three converted Nissan Rogues, Better Place has successfully completed a 3-month trial of their battery swapping station technology in Tokyo, Japan and is now moving to build stations in Israel and Denmark.

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Better Place built their test station in Tokyo late last year, giving public demonstrations of the battery swapping station and its automated technology before launching into a 3-month trial for the facility.

Nissan converted three Rogue crossovers to all-electric using batteries supplied by partner A123 Systems. The all-electric cars were painted and put into service as taxi cabs in downtown Tokyo, running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and vising Better Place's battery swapping station several times daily to replace and recharge their batteries.

The cars had a 50-60 mile range per charge and successfully went through trials for the automated battery swapping without many hitches. One car ran out of juice before reaching the station, requiring a tow, but problems were otherwise minimal.

Better Place now plans to do similar trials in Israel and Denmark, using Renault-supplied Fluence sedans converted to electric.

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Better Place has a modular battery system built by A123 Systems and used in partnership with Renault-Nissan for future electric vehicle deployments.

Photo credits: Better Place

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