New potential owners of Better Place's charging infrastructure - Tzachi Merkur (codename Success Assets) have announced a couple changes for the failed Israeli charging company which they bought for NIS 11 million in August after Yosef Abramowitz's Green EV failed to raise the necessary funds for the company.
UPDATE October 9th, 2013: Apparently Merkur also failed to provide appropriate deposit funds for Better Place and the sale is now on hold
Original Plans Called For Better Place To Keep 15 Of 37 Existing Swap Stations Operational
Since agreeing to acquiring the company, Tzachi Merkur had been quiet on their plains for the stations already in place; turns out those will continue to operate, plus the company will add stations throughout Israel under the brand. That is the good news for current (and future) Better Place customers.
The bad news?
Only an unfortunate name change. Better Place charging will now be known as DRiiVZ-Better Place; we think the old name was just fine, and probably the plug-in world has had just about enough cute plays on the electric transportation.
In truth, DRiiVZ is actually the name of the company that Tzachi Merkur has hired to manage the charging network, and well as all of the billing and services for the company.
More Of These Stations - Less Of The Swap Stations
The new company will also offer a Hebrew smartphone app for Better Place customers that will provide a more interactive map of the status of stations - whether they are in use or not, as well as a navigation system for reaching them. This system will replace the current format seen inside Fluence ZE cars in Israel.
At time of press the company did not put a number on how many new stations would be put in place, but did state that some will be located in the parking lots of Merkur facilities - considering they are in the "parking facility" business, that could be substantial.