Tesla plans to deploy stations later this year

Tesla Motors demonstrated its battery swap technology this week in an effort to draw in electric vehicle (EV) skeptics. 

Tesla swapped its battery out in a Model S while a screen showed a car filling its tank with gas. The battery swap took only 90 seconds while the gas fill-up took about four minutes. In fact, Tesla, completed two battery swaps in the time it took to fill a gas tank. 

The idea behind battery swapping is to ease customer's minds about EV range. When traveling distances longer than the vehicle's electric range, the driver may not want to sit and wait at a charging station for 30 minutes to get a full charge. Battery swap serves as a faster alternative.

"There are some people, they take a lot of convincing," said Elon Musk, Tesla CEO. "Hopefully this is what convinces people finally that electric cars are the future."

Battery swap stations for Tesla's Model S will be placed alongside its Supercharger stations starting at the end of this year. Tesla first plans to deploy them on the route between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and also between Washington and Boston. Each station will cost about a half a million dollars to build. 

However, those who swap their battery must switch it back on their return trip, or pay the difference for the new battery. 

A battery swap will cost between $60 and $80, which is about the same cost as filling a 15-gallon gas tank. 

Tesla unveiled its swappable batteries at its design studio in Hawthorne, California yesterday evening at 8 p.m. PST. Catch the video of the battery swap here.

Source: Tesla Motors

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