[Oeva-list] Electric Evolution

garry painter garry at europa.com
Sun Sep 14 10:20:58 PDT 2008

I'd have characterized it more like 23,000 engineers trying to make  
the pig look better, only they were more confused than usual, and  
shoved the tube up the pigs ass. "There! That makes the pig look  

(It's all about lipstick this week ;)

I drove to the coast last month with my sister in a new rental van.  
The hour long drive gave me an inkling of what all the electrical  
engineers in Detroit have been working on for the last few years. The  
dome light stretched for more than half the length of the van, and  
looked like something out of Star Wars.


On Sep 13, 2008, at 8:05 PM, Richard Turnock wrote:

> I read the article about Better Place getting Israel and Denmark to  
> sign-up to have electric car network of charging stations and  
> battery quick-change stations. Then I saw an article about a Ford  
> executive going around promoting their new, more efficient  
> combustion engine.
> What a contrast!
> Like trying to make a better buggy whip when the combustion engine  
> was taking over.

> This time it’s a business model by Better Place based on selling  
> electricity like cell phone minutes using charging stations and  
> battery exchange stations.  The key strategic element is the  
> software network to manage the information about the electricity  
> usage.
> Ford is living in the industrial age and Better Place is living in  
> the information age.
> Take Care
> Richard
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