Tesla’s first Mannequin S battery swap station opens subsequent week
Tesla’s automated battery swap stations that increase automobiles with a totally charged energy pack as an alternative of a sluggish cost are lastly turning into a actuality. First proven off over a yr in the past, the corporate introduced right now that it is prepared to start out a pilot program for invited Mannequin S house owners alongside the San Francisco to LA route, at a facility throughout the road from its Supercharger station in Harris Ranch, CA. Proper now Tesla says the entire course of may be executed in underneath three minutes, however with modifications to the car design, it says automobiles might be able to go in lower than a minute (a video of the method being finished in ninety seconds is embedded after the break). Whereas charging the corporate’s flagship EV on its Supercharger community is free, for now the by-appointment-solely swaps are promised to value “barely lower than a tank of fuel.” Once they have been launched, the suggestion was a $60 – $eighty worth vary, however even with the worth of fuel falling, which will have modified too. The purpose of the pilot program? To determine if the demand for battery swaps that value cash vs free charging is excessive sufficient for the thought (and the $500,000 amenities that make it work) to make sense.
Pack swap now working in restricted beta mode for SF to LA route. Can swap battery quicker than visiting a fuel station. Tesla weblog out quickly.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 19, 2014