Electric cars are the only kind that anyone will be able to afford after we run the eff out of oil, but charging them is a pain. Better Place has a Better Idea™ — when your batteries run low, pull into one of their stations and wait a mere three minutes while a robot swaps out the battery in your car.

The company claims that it can cover the whole of Israel, the first country in which it will launch, with just 40 stations. The car itself, a modified Renault Fluence Z.E., costs only $800 more than the bestselling car in Israel, the Mazda3.

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