Happier Times: Better Place Announces That Their Charging Network Would Be Coming To Hawaii In December of 2008
Better Place has not enjoyed a lot of success since it opened its first charging station in December 2008 near Tel Aviv, Israel. In fact, we don't think they have enjoyed any.
Better Place Founder And Original CEO, Shai Agassi Shakes Hands With Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle In 2008
The company has raised over $700 million, and had hoped to be the premiere charging and battery swapping station leader around globe.
Unfortunately, things did no go as planned.
Now on their fourth CEO in the last 6 months, and quickly running out of money, the company as decided to "focus" on the few places in the world where it might have a chance to survive (or at least still has some willing investors) - Israel and Denmark.
Which means for all the other places in the world that Better Place had been attempting to do business, such as Australia, China, and notably Hawaii in the US, many questions were left unanswered. Would Better Place leave? What about the charging infrastructures that were in place already, would they be shuttered? Sold off?
For Hawaii, the 650+ Better Place customers can now relax knowing that the 154 charging station, located at 77 charge points in the state will continue to operate without interruption, as Better Place has now
off-loaded sold its entire charging network to OpConnect, ensuring that those stations will remain active.
OpConnect Took Over Better Place's Hawaii Chare Points Effective March 8th, 2013
Jason Wolf, Vice-President of North America for Better Place (at least for a few more days) said of the stations new owner:
"With OpConnect's combination of technology, customer focus and commitment to Hawaii, we believe EV drivers who use our network and our site-owner partners will be in great hands with OpConnect. The ecosystem in Hawaii has been tremendously supportive of Better Place and I'm confident it will help ensure OpConnect's success for the benefit of the Aloha State."
The stations remain open and free to the public...that is until March 31st, 2013 (happy Easter), when OpConnect initiates new pricing, which was undisclosed at time of press.
PRNewswire, hat tip to Kane