Palo Alto-based Better Place has announced that it plans to begin setting up a network of electric car power stations in the Bay Area, to be ready by 2012. Coulomb Technologies has also announced that it will be building a network of 40 charging stations along California highways, beginning in 2009. But that’s not all.
Along with this, the mayors of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland announced a nine-step policy plan which will, in the words of SF Mayor Gavin Newsom, “make the Bay Area—and eventually California—the electric vehicle capital of the US”.
At the Better Place stations, electric car owners will be able to either swap out their run-down batteries for freshly charged ones (the process will be fully automated) or at other Charge Spot locations be able to top off their car’s batteries while they shop.
The expected price tag of setting up this network: $1 billion.
I'm skeptical about the battery swapping station idea, but it's great to see charging stations being set up.