Renault is no longer partner with Better Place

Renault is no longer partner with Better Place

It seems that French carmaker Renault is now ending a five-year partnership with Better Place LLC. This decision came after the operator of EV charging stations announced plans to shut down. Apparently Better Place took the decision to liquidate in Israel after failing to attract more investments. This announcement was made last Sunday. The collaboration between the two started in 2008 and together had even developed the Fluence ZE to the requirements of the company just to make it compatible with the battery-replacing stations of the Better Place. Actually this means that by using the QuickDrop service, owners of Renault Fluence ZE could switch the battery in one the stations of Better Place in each country in less than five minutes, which is quite impressive. Gilles Normand, head of Asia-Pacific Renault operations said that they are now doing their best to ensure after-sales services for all the electric cars in Israel. This is where more than 80% of the activity of Better Place takes place. The man also declared that the investment in this partnership was not significant. A year after the collaboration started, the two companies have declared that their goal is to sell 100.000 units of the Fluence ZE cars in Israel and Denmark by 2016. Unfortunately, the French manufacturer managed to sell only 1.000 units of the electric vehicle in Israel and 240 units of the model in Denmark. This was an official statement which was also followed by the fact that owners can still charge their cars at home. The Renault network in the two countries will continue to offer after-sales servicing for the Fluence ZE. This is all on the matter for now.