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Baran Group to Build Better Place Battery Switch Stations in Israel

The estimated cost of each of the 51 battery replacement stations is $1 million.

Published: 03-Jan-2011

Baran Group (TASE: BRAN; Pink Sheets:BRANF) will design and build up to 51 battery replacement stations for electric car venture Better Place LLC in Israel in a NIS 190 million turnkey project. The estimated cost of each battery replacement station is $1 million. The battery replacement stations will be built by subsidiary Baran Industries (91) Ltd. during 2011.

Better Place said that the battery replacement stations will ensure continuous travel of more than 160 kilometers without the need to recharge the batteries. The automatic replacement of empty batteries with full ones will take just three minutes. It added that the battery replacement stations will be the model for the stations to be built in other countries, including Denmark, Australia, and the US.

Baran will finance 70% of the cost of the first 20 battery replacement stations with owner's credit to Better Place.

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