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Which Cities Are Most Ready for Electric Vehicles? You May Be Surprised

Dallas and Memphis are better equipped than San Francisco and Seattle, according to EV software maker Xatori.


According to Xatori, makers of electric-vehicle-related software, Dallas is the second-most EV-ready city in the United States. Now, they're using the incidence of charging stations as their metric, and as Armen Petrosian, Xatori's chief technical officer, told me, that's not necessarily a great indicator of where the actual electric vehicles are, but it is a pretty interesting statistic.

Here are the rankings, based on data stored in PlugShare, the company's EV-focused social network, public charging locations, and 2012 U.S. Census data. These are the number of public charging locations per 100,000 residents.

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Video: Better Place Opens First Battery Swap Station in Israel

Here's the gloriously "unexciting" process of switching out an electric battery at Better Places first commercial swap station.

This week, Better Place, the innovative electric car company that we've been following for awhile now, opened up their very first commercial battery swap station. The concept of swapping out depleted batteries for fresh charged ones is what distinguishes Better Place in the burgeoning EV market. You'll never need to wait to charge your car—you just pull into one of the battery swap stations, robots switch out the batteries, and in three minutes you pull away. It's really no different than a full service fill-up of 93 octane.

Goodbye, "range anxiety."

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Better Place (which we've covered here before) is an electric car company with an interesting model. To solve the infamous "range problem"—the fact that a charged battery won't carry you as far as a tank of gas—Better Place has a subscription-like service where you buy one of its cars for a small fee and then pay for access to stations where you can swap a depleted battery for a new, charged one.

Better Place recently launched its first real-world test of the system. In Tokyo, a taxi compay is using three electric Nissan Dualis cars and a Better Place battery swapping station to keep them going. Here's a video of what it's like to go through the battery swap process.

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