Israel May Be Home of First Electric Car Network

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A joint ven­ture between Renault and a pri­vate Sil­i­con Val­ley entre­pre­neur may offer dri­vers the first all-elec­tric car that is mass pro­duced. The gov­ern­ment of Israel is back­ing the plan. The part­ners plan to have half a mil­lion recharg­ing sta­tions up and oper­at­ing by 2011. Many hur­dles remain before the project gets off the ground. Com­pa­ny offi­cials say the replace­ment and charg­ing of the lithi­um-ion bat­ter­ies should work like that of a cell phone bat­tery.