PHOTO CAPTION: Tesla CEO Elon Musk with second of two Model S cars to swap batteries in 90 second demonstrations.

Tesla Reveals 90-Second Battery Exchange Technology

A battery replacement network across the United States would cost between $50-100M, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Published: 23-Jun-2013

Tesla Motors Inc on Thursday unveiled a system to swap battery packs in its electric cars in about 90 seconds, a service Chief Executive Elon Musk said will help overcome fears about their driving range.

The automaker will roll out the battery-swapping stations later this year, beginning along the heavily-traveled route between Los Angeles and San Francisco and then in the Washington-to-Boston corridor.

"There are some people, they take a lot of convincing," Musk said at an event at Tesla's Los Angeles design studio. "Hopefully this is what convinces people finally that electric cars are the future."


Tesla has now begun deliveries of its Model S all-electric sedan.

While the Model S will be half the price of the Roadster, it is still more expensive than the Nissan LEAF which has sold only around 30,000 units.

Kandi electric car on display in China dealership.

In China there's a very cheap to own Kandi and in America there's the New Flyer all-electric transit bus in Chicago, observes Tom Konrad.

Tesla Model S comes with three battery pack options with two performance grades.

Dan Neill shares his impressions of Tesla Model S that sets a new standard for all-electric sedans in 'I am Silent, Hear Me Roar.'


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