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  • http://www.thegreenjobbank.com Bernard the Green Jobs Guru

    I suppose the drawbacks of the switching method is that it takes more batteries, so there will be more to dispose of (and we’re not too good at that yet), and from a practical point of view, how can the car owner trust that the switched battery is as good as the one he bought with the car? There should be some guarantee that the charge is good enough for a minimum mileage.

    • http://ecopolitology.org Timothy B. Hurst

      Hi Bernard-

      Thanks for your comment. Yes, the switching method does require more overhead (i.e batteries sitting around waiting to be swapped).

      In terms of guaranteeing battery quality, Better Place actually owns the batteries, as the car owner, you lease the battery from Better Place. This ensures that you won’t get stuck with a lemon of a battery, because it’s in Better Place’s best interest as a business to lease out well-maintained, fully-functional batteries.

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