Tesla has announced an interesting new service for owners of its Model S electric vehicle that will allow them to swap out a discharged battery for fresh one in as little as 90 seconds. Tesla and CEO Elon Musk announced the battery swapping plan during a party at the company’s design center where a demonstration of how two electric cars could switch batteries in less time than it takes to fill up a 20 gallon fuel tank on a normal car was performed.
Each Tesla battery pack is rated for 265 miles of electric driving. Tesla says that automated quick change battery stations will be installed alongside the company’s fast chargers. Those fast chargers are currently installed along major highways between large population centers such as Boston and Washington DC.
Tesla says that it’s Supercharger stations designed to recharge a Model S completely while people go eat or shop will remain free. However, getting a fresh battery in as little as 90 seconds at one of the battery swapping stations will carry a price equal to 15 gallons of gasoline. There is no ETA on when these battery swapping stations will be installed or when the service will be available. Every Model S produced will support the battery swapping stations with Tesla saying that the technology needed was always there.
via USA TodayI