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It’s a long time since I wrote anything about Better Place. I’m still driving my electric car almost every day. Except on days like today when I need to drive up to Jerusalem and back. Then I have to swap cars with my wife. Unfortunately. What a pity.
When I worked on plans to rescue Better Place from the bankruptcy, plenty of thought was given to these cars sitting in the port at Ashdod. These were tied up in huge bureaucratic red tape issues. Seems there really never was any will to get them on the road.
I can imagine that after one and a half years sitting idle, the batteries are completely wrecked. The car bodies (sitting next to the sea for so long) are probably not great either and this is just a huge disgrace. Carasso (the importer) and Renault should be ashamed of themselves. They could have given these cars away to a thousand families who would have LOVE to make local journeys in them just as I do almost every day.
If we want a positive spin, I guess we could say this is BDS against Turkish made cars. All these cars were originally built by Renault on a production line in Turkey.
The cars were stored in Ashdod Port, where they were apparently damaged by being kept there for so long, and it is therefore not economically feasible to sell them on the market. At the same time, the leasing companies and Carasso itself are trying to sell the usable cars through various bargain campaigns.
Carasso said in response, “We intend to scrap mainly Renault Fluence electric cars damaged during their prolonged storage in Ashdod Port.”