Tesla to Begin Testing Battery Swaps with Model S Owners

Here it is, from Elon himself:

Starting next week, we will pilot a pack swap program with invited Model S owners. They will be given the opportunity to swap their car’s battery at a custom-built facility located across the street from the Tesla Superchargers at Harris Ranch, CA. This pilot program is intended to test technology and assess demand.


This is another example of how Tesla is taking on the primary criticisms about electric cars.  Range anxiety?  The Model S has a 200-mile range.  EVs are little econoboxes?  The Model S has the size and luxury to challenge the S-Class, 7-Series and A8 vehicles.

Now they look at the complaint that it takes “forever” to charge the battery.  Never mind that the numbers say that 97% of all EVs owners charge their vehicles at night.  Although thats what makes sense, sense isn’t a concern of the naysayers.  So Tesla started testing battery swapping back in 2013.   Next week, we’ll see how it works in the real world.

Take a look at the video above.  Now the question for Tesla owners pulling into a Tesla station is, as Musk puts it, “is whether you want it fast or free.”

Tesla owners will always have access to the Supercharger free of charge.  But they can swap batteries, for a charge, in around 90 to 100 seconds.

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