Automobiles in the 1950s could run about 100 miles on a tankful of gasoline, the idea of taking lengthy roadtrips wasn't reality for the average vehicle owner until a network of gas stations was developed to allow people to drive farther. (It also led to a boom in roadside motels, restaurants, and the world's largest ball of twine--but that's another story...) Today, vehicle owners with electric cars face many of the same constraints. They are unable to journey further than a roundtrip that allows them to be back at their garage at night for a recharge.
Now, Shai Agassi’s company, Better Place, is ready to create a network of charging stations in Israel and Japan, with pending stations in Canada as well. In fact, the first electric car parking lot and docking stations has opened in Tel Aviv. Charge spots are designed with driver experience in mind--simple and easy-to-use.
Since most car companies are designing electric cars, and our new President has been very clear in his desire to reduce oil consumption, the time is ripe for electric cars to go more mainstream. Mr. Agassi's vision just might help make that into a reality.