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This week I had a chat with one of the first paying customers for a Better Place electric car in Israel. His name is David Rose and you can talk to him on twitter if you like or in comments on the interview.
He was waiting a long time for his car and is very excited to have it. The battery switch stations are not open to customers yet so he needs to stay within one battery charge’s range of his home in norther Israel. He’s also waiting for an Israeli regional council where his wife works to give permission for the installation of a second charging spot. As ever when it comes to local Israeli bureaucracy, feet dragging and aversion to anything new are the order of the day.
I wrote up our chat as an interview and it is being published at Green Car Reports: an excellent car site I’ve been spending an increasing amount of time looking at as my interest in electric vehicles has grown. Please head over there for the article and especially to comment!
[Note: this post was scheduled to appear automatically after the start of the Sabbath to coincide with it going live at Green Car Reports. No Sabbath rules were harmed in the production of this post.]
David says he’s enjoying the car tremendously: “I get a real kick out of the turn on beep and then silence”. He says the car is attracting plenty of attention at traffic lights “especially from children sitting in the back seats of other cars”. He feels duty bound to pull away quickly which has surprised many, he says. He’s eagerly waiting for battery switch stations to come on line and open up the whole of Israel for him.