On changing the culture, On collaboration

Think with exciting partnership

The norwegian electric car manufactorer Think has been through several tough financial rounds, and according to some calculus one car should be sold at the price of 3 million. Recently they released news that they will start manufactoring Think City in USA.

Today they released news that they together with strategic partner AeroVironment earlier behind charging of GM’s EV1, will develop rapid charging stations to deliver 80 percent in 15 minutes. 15 minutes is just long enough time to eat a burger and sip a coke.

I think gas stations will become dining sites with charging stationshowever it will take many years before we get there. What do you think?

Photo: Think

On dreaming, On entrepreneurship

A call for car 2.0

I just watched the TED talk, Shai Agassi: A bold plan for mass adoption of electric cars, and I became very excited with his proposal.

He says car 2.0 needs to be about infrastructure coherence and separating the battery from the car. So what does he need:
– Charging stations where you normally park your cars. He states that Scandinavia already have this many places, and we do.
– Battery swapping stations. This we do not have, so let’s start building.

Earlier i wrote about BYD and Tesla, now he tells that the Renault-Nissan alliance is committed to make his dream a reality. That is great news and it seems like most auto manufacturers are really starting to get around!

He also introduve the term eMile (should have been eKM I think), currently priced at 8 cents. Remarkable! Does anyone care to do the math and make comparable tables with gasoline?