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battry swaping confirmed by Tesla SEC filling

battry swaping confirmed by Tesla SEC filling

"In their recent SEC filing, on page 38 outlining future plans, Tesla discusses what factors may affect the adoption of electric vehicles. Specifically, the filing says that the ability to “…rapidly swap out the Model S battery pack, and the development of specialized public facilities to perform such swapping, which do not currently exist, but which we plan to introduce in the near future.”"

http://cleantechnica.com/2013/05/22/tesla-battery-swap/

thoughts?

Eletrek | May 22, 2013

Tesla (and us owners) would be better off focusing on quickly building as many supercharging stations as possible rather than battery swapping non-sense.

Mark Z | May 22, 2013

IMHO, maybe Elon wants to speed up his drive. I predict the swap stations will be between Fremont and Hawthorne.

lov2krz | May 22, 2013

I saw a You Tube video about a small commuter care (think it was in Sweden or Norway) where you drive in and the battery is lowered out of your car and a replacement is installed in less than 5 minutes. It's all done by robots. Do a You Tube search and you'll find a few videos. Heres a link to a battery swapping station in Israel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pl2czwszyaU

olanmills | May 22, 2013

Interesting. In these types of SEC filings, is it typical to see things like this that never actually see the light of day? Like are they just saying, "We could do this and we could do that.... blah blah blah" Does it really indicate definitive plans?

mallynb | May 22, 2013

Credit Mr. Musk for planning to compete globally, generations ahead!

Battery-swap car development is under way in China. Batteries will be furnished and owned by electric power utilities at no charge to the car buyer. Drive-up battery exchange stations will be owned and operated by the utilities. Battery exchanges will be automated and will take about 3 minutes.

Incentives: The concept allows consumers to buy an electric car without paying a premium because it is electric. During power interruptions it provides the utilities with battery backup by huge numbers of batteries in charging racks at the battery exchange stations.