Thomas Friedman on Better Place electric cars/infrastructure

Thomas Friedman on Better Place electric cars/infrastructure

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The BetterPlace system of electric cars and serious infrastructure looks more and more for real. Thomas Friedman has lots to say in the Times:

As I think about our bailing out Detroit, I can’t help but reflect on what, in my view, is the most important rule of business in today’s integrated and digitized global market, where knowledge and innovation tools are so widely distributed. It’s this: Whatever can be done, will be done. The only question is will it be done by you or to you. Just don’t think it won’t be done. If you have an idea in Detroit or Tennessee, promise me that you’ll pursue it, because someone in Denmark or Tel Aviv will do so a second later.

The Better Place electric car charging system involves generating electrons from as much renewable energy — such as wind and solar — as possible and then feeding those clean electrons into a national electric car charging infrastructure. This consists of electricity charging spots with plug-in outlets — the first pilots were opened in Israel this week — plus battery-exchange stations all over the respective country. The whole system is then coordinated by a service control center that integrates and does the billing.

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I live in the uk, where there is a lot of talk about introducing new electric cars in place of petrol/diesel fueled cars.
I recently read about an electric Range rover and was wondering, do these electric cars offer less performance than petrol/diesel models?

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Why do car companies spend millions of dollars in research to make our cars smarter?
And not one thing is done to make the driver any smarter? I think most cars nowadays are light years ahead of the people strapped in behind the wheel.

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