Wherever electric-vehicle infrastructure company Better Place has planted its flag, withering vaporware accusations have followed. They were natural rejoinders to Shai Agassi, the chief executive’s, assured pledge at last fall’s Frankfurt motor show to put 100,000 E.V.’s on the world’s roads by 2016.
Disquieting data concerning the world’s supply of lithium, a critical component of the batteries that would power Better Place’s E.V.’s, cast doubt over the business model’s long-term viability. This week, however, the company delivered its sharpest rebuke yet to skeptics, introducing a fully functional E.V. battery-swap station in the Roppongi Hills section of Tokyo.
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