Tax exemption attracts automakers to Denmark Denmark’s institution of a tax exemption on electric vehicles at least until 2012 is attracting a growing list of auto manufacturers to the Scandinavian country’s market.
Germany’s Daimler Chrysler is the latest auto maker to get in line as its Mercedes unit is working to roll out plug-in electric versions of the Smart car by the end of 2009. Daimler’s been working with German utility RWE on a pilot project in Berlin that entails road testing 100 electric Smart cars and building a network of 500 charging stations. It’s also working on a similar project in London with Smart Fortwo, where electric cars are being used by corporate groups and municipal authorities.
Better Place is working with the Renault-Nissan Alliance and DONG Energy to bring electric vehicles, infrastructure and distribution to Denmark. France’s Aixam, Sweden’s Saab and Volvo, China’s BYD and California-based Tesla Motors are also working on entering the Danish market.
Better Place CEO and founder Shai Agassi told the UK’s The Register that the tax break could bring the typical price for an electric car in Denmark down to as low as $20,000 from about $60,000.
Having started out with a project to build half a million charging stations in Israel, Better Place also announced a nationwide smart car-battery recharging network project in Australia.

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  1. I recently heard Better Place CEO and founder Shai Agassi speak at the Web 2.0 Summit. Talk about thinking out of the box to develop completely new approaches to old problems. His model for personal transportation is fashioned after the mobile phone industry. The consumer pays very little or nothing for the car and just pays for the miles driven. You recharge your battery (actually replace it) every time you pull into one of their unique recharging stations. His design has also uncoupled the battery from the car recognizing that one of the barriers for the adoption of the electric car is the rapid advancement of the battery technology. Whatever you buy this year is out of date next year, which is a turnoff for many consumers. The governments of both Israel and Denmark have embraced the concept, and Renault and Nissan are already manufacturing the cars. Totally brilliant speaker and concept.

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