Video: Better Place Founder Shai Agassi Discusses What Tesla Has Done Right

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 8

“Tesla could take over the market with its electric cars, which have the potential to revolutionize the customer experience. Better Place Founder Shai Agassi discusses why other car companies should be worried and Elon Musk’s unique business model.”

Shai Agassi Discusses All That Tesla Has Done Right

Shai Agassi Discusses All That Tesla Has Done Right

Says the Huffington Post after interviewing Better Place founder Shai Agassi.

Agassi has nothing but words of praise for Tesla Motors and its Model S, which makes us wonder if Agassi is pitching for a spot on Tesla’s team.

Here Agassi discusses battery costs, battery leasing, Tesla’s direct sales approach and more.

Is it only General Motors that should be worried over the success of Tesla? Nope.

Agassi makes it known that basically only Tesla is doing electric vehicles right, so perhaps all automakers should follow the leader, so to say.

 

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8 responses to "Video: Better Place Founder Shai Agassi Discusses What Tesla Has Done Right"

  1. zilm says:

    Ahahahahahhaha
    You’ve made my day with title

  2. Spec says:

    I’ll say it again . . . why does anyone care what he thinks about what Tesla has done right?

    1. Steven says:

      He’s hoping Elon will offer him a job.

  3. David Murray says:

    “Agassi makes it known that basically only Tesla is doing electric vehicles right, so perhaps all automakers should follow the leader, so to say.”

    And yet GM sold more Volts last month than Tesla sold Model-S.

  4. Assaf says:

    Hahaha, Eric I think you’ve got it right, Agassi’s doing Da Pitch. Tesla needs marketing boots on the ground in Europe, right? ….or maybe it doesn’t since its product basically markets itself, and adding an expert in the single-handed destruction of an EV business might not be the perfect recruit? I’ll leave that one up to Musk.

    As to the “analysis” itself: my suggestion is to start taking Agassi seriously *only* after he’s done some proper ‘splaining about what went wrong with Better Place.
    If he cannot find anything he’s done wrong, here’s a place to start: http://theonlydemocracy.org/2012/10/how-not-to-introduce-new-green-tech-the-cautionary-tale-of-better-place/

    And a little bit more here: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/06/06/1214105/-Better-Place-Goes-Belly-Up-But-Is-the-Switchable-Battery-EV-still-Alive

    1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

      I’m sure he’s hoping for massive Tesla success. If Tesla is extremely successful in selling cars, but can’t speed up charging enough, Superchargers will get crowded and then they’ll need … swap stations.

  5. Ocean Railroader says:

    Most likely Tesla success is that the car can do battery swap but the bulk of their plans don’t have it such as with supercharging in that logically taking a 1500 pound battery out of a car and bolting it back in is kind of illogical when you can charge it up in 20 minutes while you go eat or use the bathroom or go look at some road side attraction. At least with Tesla they planned the cars to be able to do this right from start with the existing cars even if they never carry out battery swamping as a business model with all their eggs in it. Another thing that is helping Tesla is that they most likely have far more EV’s on the road with this ability then this company had so there is more out there. Along with that the number of EV’s with this ability is growing by 500 a week right now. While I’m not sure if they are making anymore EV’s with battery swamping abilities under this guy’s company.

  6. Jesse Gurr says:

    ” so perhaps all automakers should follow the leader, so to say.”

    Is it a British/Canadian thing to say “so to say”? Here in the US we use “so to speak”. Or did I get that backwards?