web analytics
October 23, 2014 / 29 Tishri, 5775
At a Glance
Blogs
Sponsored Post
Meir Panim with Soldiers 5774 Roundup: Year of Relief and Service for Israel’s Needy

Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.



Why ‘Better Place’ Really Failed

It really failed because of Shimon Peres.

Israeli President Shimon Peres staring with mild shock at the excitable CEO of automobile manufacturers Renault and Nissan French Carlos Ghosn, whose companies teamed up with Shai Agassi's Better Place of Palo Alto, California.

Israeli President Shimon Peres staring with mild shock at the excitable CEO of automobile manufacturers Renault and Nissan French Carlos Ghosn, whose companies teamed up with Shai Agassi's Better Place of Palo Alto, California.
Photo Credit: Michal Fattal/Flash90

There are plenty of pundits and market experts explaining why they believe Better Place – Israel’s electric car company, failed.

I know the two primary reasons I didn’t buy/lease one, but I wouldn’t give those as the explanation as to why it failed.

I didn’t buy/lease one, because I need an electric minivan, not an electric car, so in terms of the car model, it just didn’t meet my needs at all.

The second reason is the pricing model.

One can argue back and forth with Brian of London as to whether there really was a price savings or not (I don’t think so, and definitely not one significant enough to convince me to buy one), but as the case proved, locking yourself into someone’s electric grid monopoly and very unappealing pricing model (lease, sort of lease, etc. whatever it was) with no alternative options, just seemed like a really bad idea to me.

But that’s not really why it failed.

It really failed because of Shimon Peres.

Peres did a great job getting everyone on board in terms of investing money in Better Place, but when it came to following up in the implementation of the idea, he dropped the ball and it failed.

Does our President have an electric car?

Is the President’s office car pool full of electric cars?

I don’t believe the answer is yes, to either question.

Because like other Shimon Peres schemes, its good for everyone else to suffer through his ideas, but he personally won’t be directly affected by it.

Remind you of anything else Peres has promoted?

For that matter, after granting Better Place a monopoly, was there any government agency that chose to use it and go electric? None that I’m aware of.

Nothing would have saved/grown Better Place more than a government contract to supply them with a fleet of electric cars.

Peres was great when it comes to getting money from investors for Better Peace, I mean Place, and getting them a government sanctioned monopoly, but when it came to following up and seeing if there are any real problems which he could have helped fix (such as lobbying the government to actually use it, and not just the citizens)… well, that’s far less interesting than meeting with rich investors, isn’t it?

Visit The Muqata.

About the Author: JoeSettler blogs at The Muqata.blogspot.com and occasionally on his own blog at JoeSettler.blogspot.com.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

10 Responses to “Why ‘Better Place’ Really Failed”

  1. I prefer to blame Renault for pulling the rug out from under them

  2. Definitely a part: the government never showed the slightest sign of wanting this to happen here. There are many causes and no single cause is correct.

    The problem of the price is one of perceived value. Until people drive and live with electric cars, charged at home (even without switching networks) they don’t understand why those who have them value them so highly. It’s just a fact: those who use them love electric cars.

    I test drove a Prius Plug-in this week. Sticker price in Israel is ₪189,000 including no fuel and it doesn’t even have a GPS system built in. My Better Place car including 4 years of driving (I know, I won’t realise that all now) was ₪160,000. The only failure was to communicate that difference.

  3. i agree, but one questio always remained for me, that constituted a big disadvantage: why was it only possible to have the renault fluence and not other cars like the chevy volt or tesla as well?

  4. My perception – correct or not – was that BP didn't offer large cars for those with 4 kids or more and that because I live far from a city and all our driving is inter-city, the kilometers offered were not sufficient.

  5. Andrew Paul Stuart Hamilton says:

    Peres has certainly been very quiet. He should take some responsibility, but that's never been his style.

  6. The tight control of which models are brought to Israel is the fault of the car importing cartel of families who control the market. It is to the huge shame of Israel’s Government that this cartel system still exists and the barriers to break it down are so high.

    Better Place aren’t about which cars come to Israel and yes, of course, the world needs more options for EVs. But its a national disgrace that two years after launch the Chevy Volt isn’t here, or a host of other viable models.

  7. Stephen Leavitt says:

    Yisrael Katz's new proposition to allow other people to import cars should end that problem. But it still doesn't fix the real bottom line issue, which is price. Car prices are so high, not so much because of the importers, but because of the insane taxes on cars.

  8. Absolutely correct. Government was happy top collect taxes from bloated salaries paid to ex army ex government employees but did nothing to stop using gasoline.
    The other culprit is the gas-stations which charged exorbitantly for betterplace to rent space for its swap-stations. now we hear the main expense for keeping the swap-station open is rent! All of this is reflected in unappealing pricing.
    Finally its renault which never offered another car or van, despite making them, electric, but with a fixed battery.

  9. You will realize it, and more, locally, unless we get Yoseph Abramovitz to take over the operation of the swap-stations, without rent, taxes and all other extraneous expenses, net net net sales. Then we might be able to keep it running as it should

  10. Renault is to blame, but only as an accessory. They waited for 3 years to see it major sales justify tghe expense. They did not, they pulled out

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

muqata logo 486x300
Current Top Story
The face of terror is the same in Ottawa as it is in Jerusalem,says Lieberman.
Lieberman: Terror in Jerusalem and Ottawa Part of ‘Global Epidemic’
Latest Blogs Stories
Car in Light Rail Runover

The headlines refused to scream “ARAB TERROR ATTACK;” instead the phrase “Suspected Terror Attack.”

"Shiloh"

I’ve heard many times I write what others think, making them extremely happy; that’s why I continue.

Statue of King David

Though secular, Hitman’s CV includes writing music for, recording, and popularizing religious songs.

256px-Israel-Palestine_flags.svg

Polls indicate that the Palestinians are much more against a two state solution than the Israelis.

Has the Jewish world adapted to the times? Hear the answer with Doug and his guest, Rabbi Berel Wein.

Leon Klinghoffer’s daughters: “‘Klinghoffer’ is justified as ‘a work of art’…This is an outrage.”

Kids bring in the light and let out the darkness through breathing exercises; it changes people.

If I make a million dollars in 2 weeks, how can I observe something like this and sit by quietly?”

Sometimes collective action against the heinous acts of the majority is not enough. The world should not only support the blockade of Gaza; it must enforce the dismantling of Hamas.

How long will it take for Israel and the Jewish World to admit that we are in very serious danger?

How do changes in technology affect the human life and our interactions with each other?

Palestinians (and Jordanians) often use the term “provocation” regarding Israeli action in Jerusalem

The zealots who engineered the ban have been publicly disgraced.

I am sick and tired of this one way street boycott! Time to boycott all products developed or invented in the Palestinian controlled areas! Let’s start with……umm….

Such an incredible miracle to have Israel, it’s crazy that every Jew isn’t clamoring to live here!

Driving is cultural. I come from a place with incredibly polite and safe drivers, unlike Israel.

More Articles from JoeSettler
Map of ISIS in Iraq

President Obama showed courageous leadership with his decision to attack “Islamic State” despite the unavoidable ensuing collateral damage.

Welcome to Mehadrin Class... Thank your for flying El Al.

The solution to the friction with Hareidim on El Al flights is so simple and obvious, it amazes me that it hasn’t been implemented yet.

Like the fighter pilot’s letter, I wonder if certain units are simply too sensitive to allow certain leftwingers to serve in, and to entrust in their hands the security of our country and our lives.

Smuggling Gazans into Europe is cheaper than fighting with Gaza, and then rebuilding all the destruction.

Here are some headlines, you are guaranteed to never see outside of the Purim edition of a website…

JoeSettler is proud of WaPo’s correction on “Palestinian Lands”. It’s the first step in improving the accuracy of the language of the debate.

JoeSettler asks what could still possibly be on the negotiating table with the PA after a summer like we just had…

Hamas targeted the Erez Crossing when it knew that Gazans and Israeli Arabs would be there, out in the open…

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/muqata/why-better-place-really-failed/2013/06/03/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: