One interesting point was the presence of Better Place; whose business model somewhat divided the participants. Better Place themselves advocated their position that BEVs were already here and viable, and emphasized their ties to OEMs (Renault-Nissan) and government bodies (Israel, Denmark). A representative from BMW argued with one from Better Place, stating that OEMs would not get on board with the Better Place business model (thereby suggesting that other German carmakers shared her sentiment). Most other people I spoke to about this (all American) stated that they didn’t see the Better Place business model working in the USA. Perhaps it challenges the conventional logic of car ownership too significantly, and could become obsolete with further improvements in battery technologies.

For more detailed analysis of what he learned at EVS26 read Chris’s reflections on Utilities,OEMsBatteriesthe Market, and Charging Infrastructure.

Read more: The EVS26 website

A press release from the Electric Drive Transportation Association on the symposium

Photos from EVS26

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