Successful Buyer Of Better Place Looks To Sell Off Remaining Cars
After a winning bid by Sunrise Ltd to buy the assets of Better place failed due to lack of funding, a second suitor – Success Assets, stepped in to purchased the failed battery swap station provider. Well, hopefully these guys pay anyway.
(Update: October 10th, 2013 – they didn’t)
Now comes word from Haaretz that Success is looking to sell off the remaining Renault Fluence ZE cars that Better Place still had in inventory and failed to get through customs before going bankrupt.
The cars are actually still sitting in two locations; some at Ashdod Port (Israel) and some outside of Renault’s factory in Turkey. Despite Better Place owning the electric Renaults, the cars have been left idle in some cases for over a year.
Success Assets is asking NIS 80,000 a piece for the cars, which does not include any kind of charging deal and/or infrastructure that Better Place had originally looked to package with all the cars.
NIS 80,000 works out to about $22,500 USD, which is a significant discount to what Better Place originally looked for in selling the car (NIS 123,000 – $34,600 USD) BEFORE adding on the monthly charges which started at around NIS 1,090 ($307 USD/month).
The Fluence ZE is available in France from €21,300 or $28,300 USD (post €5,000 rebate) with a battery rental of €82 ($109 USD), so the car which has a 22 kWh battery and a NEDC range rating of 115 miles (which translates to about 70-75 in the US on the EPA system) is a pretty good value.
The only problem is the cars have been basically neglected for a very long time, and may (or may not) be in good working order “due to the lengthy period they have been out in the open.” Because bankrupt Better Place needs to reinstate its importer’s license, these cars will be titled to Better Place then resold as used.