Better Place

Bid To Buy Israeli Electric Car Franchise Fails

08/26/2013
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American-Israeli green entrepreneur Yosef Abramowitz failed in his bid to buy the bankrupt electric car company Better Place.

Abramowitz’s  company, Green EV Operation, on Sunday could not make a monthly payment of $1 million to Better Place’s liquidator.

Last month Abramowitz, in partnership with the Association for the Advancement of Electric Transport in Israel, won a bid to buy Better Place’s Israeli infrastructure and intellectual property for about $11 million.

Israel’s Electric Car Crashes And Burns

The demise of Shai Agassi’s Better Place rattles a ‘Start-up Nation’ accustomed to success.

05/28/2013
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — In recent years, the Better Place electric car startup and its visionary Shai Agassi have been synonymous with the daring and genius of Israeli tech entrepreneurs. The story of its founding even served as the introduction to the best-selling book “Start-Up Nation.”

Out of power: Funded by investors’ $1 billion. Joshua Mitnick

Road Rave

Don’t believe the hype about Israeli drivers; traveling by car can be a pleasure.

Assistant Managing Editor
05/14/2013

If you asked friends to complete the sentence “Driving in Israel is …,” chances are a few would come up with “taking your life in your hands.”

Palm trees line the road alongside the Ayalon highway from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Photo by Adam Dickter

Better Place CEO Shai Agassi Replaced

10/03/2012

Shai Agassi, the Israeli-American founder of Better Place, which is bringing electric car charging stations to Israel, was ousted as the company’s CEO.

Agassi will remain a member of the Better Place board, the company announced Tuesday. He is being replaced by Evan Thornley, currently head of the company’s Australian unit

Better Place, based in Palo Alto, Calif., raised more than $750 million in investments since it was founded in 2007. In that same time, the company has lost $490 million, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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