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Better Place and TÜV Rheinland Partner to Ensure Industry Reliability and Safety Standards Are Met for Electric Vehicle Re-charging Infrastructure


COLOGNE, Germany--Today, Better Place and TÜV Rheinland announced a cooperation agreement to ensure that enhanced safety and reliability standards requirements are met for the deployment the Better Place electric car re-charge network.

As part of plans to develop and implement a battery switch technology, TÜV Rheinland will conduct an overall risk assessment of the project to ensure that all industry safety and reliability standards are achieved.

“Better Place is focused on scaling up global production of our EV services platform and infrastructure deployment capabilities”, said Rolf Schumann, Better Place. “This agreement enables us to offer our concept of a nationwide supply of electricity for electric vehicles while meeting the highest industry safety standards required to assure the smooth operation of the infrastructure.”

The demand for personal mobility is rising around the world and governments are now seeking alternatives to existing petrol-based transportation systems as part of their efforts to deliver a framework for sustainable mobility.

“Standardization is a crucial element for all major industries, and the move towards sustainable transportation, powered by electric cars will be no different”, said Frank Barenscheer, Manager Automotive at TÜV Rheinland. “Our goal is to help Better Place meet the technological standards required to guarantee the safe operation of the battery switch stations and be an example as this industry emerges.”

Better Place implements and operates the infrastructure required to supply power to electric vehicles on the basis of existing technologies. The aim is to create a sustainable mobility solution that reduces dependence on oil.

The Better Place solution delivers a sustainable means for personal transportation that offers consumers a more convenient and affordable transportation experience than exists in today’s petrol-based system. The deployment of such a large infrastructure not only accelerates the mass adoption of electric cars, but also creates a number of jobs all while reducing CO2 emissions.

About TÜV Rheinland

The TUV Rheinland Group is a leading international technical service provider. As an international service company, TUV Rheinland Group documents the safety and quality of new and existing products, systems and services. Our mission is the long-term development of safety and quality in the interaction between man, technology and the environment. As a neutral and independent group of companies working in a competitive landscape in ever changing markets, the TUV Rheinland Group acts in a customer and success oriented manner. With more than 490 representative offices, TUV Rheinland Group maintains a presence in all the major economic Centers of the world.

About Better Place

Better Place, the leading electric vehicle services provider, is accelerating the global transition to sustainable transportation. Better Place is building the infrastructure and intelligent network to deliver a range of services to drivers, enable widespread adoption of electric vehicles, and optimize energy use. The Better Place network addresses historical limitations to adoption by providing unlimited driving range in a convenient and accessible manner. The company works with all parts of the transportation ecosystem, including automakers, battery suppliers, energy companies, and the public sector, to create a compelling solution. Based in California and privately held, Better Place has operating companies in Israel, Denmark, and Australia. More information is available at