Chinese EV Rival for Israel's Project Better Place?

BYD F3e is real five-seater family sedan with a design and dimensions similar to those of the older Toyota Corolla.

Published: 27-Dec-2007

The electric car project continues to move forward at full steam, but the fog of mystery surrounding it remains opaque and indistinct. The project was presented to the Knesset Internal Affairs and Environment Committee in mid-November, but the minutes of the session reveal that save for the vision of the "electrification of Israel's roads" very few real technical details were disclosed about the project, car and/or manufacturer.

With no information available about the car, we went looking for answers elsewhere. We found them in China in an electrical car called "BYD F3e, which was unveiled last year. The car looks like a quintessential version of the idea conceived by Shai Agassi and the Project Better Place team. It is not a micro two-seater car, but a real five-seater family sedan with a design and dimensions similar to those of the older Toyota Corolla. The car did not undergo an improvised conversion in someone's backyard, but was developed from the outset by the manufacturer with goal of serving as a platform for electricity-driven motion.

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