Electric semi, car subscription services, engine bans, Better Place postmortem: Today’s Car News

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Better Place user David Rose w/keys to Renault Fluence ZE electric car in Israel [photo: David Rose]

Better Place user David Rose w/keys to Renault Fluence ZE electric car in Israel [photo: David Rose]

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Today, the sad story and lessons learned from the Better Place failure, subscription services and electric cars, some surprising survey results, and another all-electric semi truck concept. All this and more on Green Car Reports.

Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler makes trucks. A lot of trucks. Now they’ve launched E-Fuso, an electrified line of their Fuso brand, with an all-electric semi truck concept.

Will the U.S. ban sales of cars with gasoline or diesel engines? Ever? We asked our Twitter followers that question, and have their guesses on when it could happen. They’re not optimistic.

Could automotive subscription services be one way to boost adoption of electric cars? Some car companies think so.

A new book details the long, sad story of Better Place in Israel, and its charismatic, uncompromising founder Shai Agassi. Our correspondent, who was a member, weighs in.

Tesla has installed solar panels at a hospital in storm-devastated Puerto Rico, with more to come.

Finally, chipmaker Nvidia says self-driving cars are just four years away. We’re skeptical, at least for Level Five autonomy.

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Nino Plevnik

I am an electric cars lover. I love our planet and want to leave it in good condition to our children. One of the good ways to do this is to reduce harmful emissions into the atmosphere. As a technical person I worked on computers, hardware maintenance and programming. Otherwise I like advanced technologies, music, books, movies, life and nice weather.

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