Also like Israel, the Danish government will be offering tax breaks on the vehicles. According to Agassi, the average price of a car in Denmark is $60,000 (about €38,000), while the tax break could price an electric car as low as $20,000 there. So the Project Better Place formula for success so far seems to be to get the attention of a power company to provide the network, and secure the tax breaks that will make electric vehicles a compelling proposition compared to petrol. This may not play so well in countries that don’t already tax motor vehicles heavily, and/or that have a substantial auto manufacturing industry.
The Denmark infrastructure will consist of approximately 500,000 charging spots and 150 battery swap stations, allowing vehicles to be charged overnight, and the swap stations to be used as a gas station equivalent for longer journeys. Agassi sees it as vital that using an electric vehicle is at least as convenient as using a petrol driven one, so the battery swap should take no longer than it would to fill a tank of petrol – but he claims 20 seconds is do-able.
My bold So $20,000 for an electric car plus by swapping the batteries something the Volt can’t do Obama should talk to GM about that.
In the same amount of time it takes to fill up a car tank rather than charging the car overnight.
I wish KO would cover that story!