Better Place has commenced delivery of the first 100 electric Renault Fluences with lithium ion batteries to Israeli customers, as part of its target of 45,000 fleet vehicles in Israel.
After years of tests and trial programs, the deliveries mark a big step in the company's efforts to build out an electric-vehicle charging and battery-exchanging network throughout the country.
According to press release the company will deliver more EVs to Israel and is planning on rolling out a similar network in Denmark.
Better Place said last month that it would roll out the program with Eldan Group, Israel's largest rental car company, and would target private consumers and corporate fleets. Eldan will acquire several hundred Renault Fluence Z.E. electric cars from Better Place in 2012.
It will be the first company to rent electric cars in Israel.
Eldan’s customers will be able to buy monthly subscription packages, and will take advantage of the extensive infrastructure that Better Place has built in the country, including charging stations and the company’s unique battery switch stations.