Electric-car start-up Better Place declared bankruptcy this week, joining a pile of broken EV dream companies that includes Fisker Automotive, among many others.

Better Place's plan was to build out the electric-car infrastructure with a network of battery-swapping stations. It had big money and big-name partners, including French auto giant Renault, but it never quite got off the ground.

In this video, Fool contributor John Rosevear looks at why Better Place and other EV pioneers have failed -- and at why Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) has been the one shining exception to the trend.

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