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Electric car maker can slap in new in less time than it to get gas.

by Lee Hutchinson — Jun 21, 3:28 pm UTC

Weirdly profitable car manufacturer Tesla Motors night showed off a new piece of its to make electric cars by everyone: a 90-second battery

Elon Musk demonstrates out a Model S battery pack in time than it takes to up an Audi with gas.

The punch of limited range with a lack of places to up is still the Achilles Heel of car ownership (well, that and the that at a starting price of the Model S is still priced out of of a typical car buyer). The Model S is an successful electric vehicle, but in its configuration it still only between 200 and 230 miles on a full with the exact mileage on driving conditions and whether or not using the air conditioner. This an issue for commuting around but for a road trip between the range

suddenly becomes a highly factor.

One way Tesla Motors is working on the is by constructing Supercharger Stations on highway corridors between urban areas. These use jumbo DC plugs to juice up a S’s battery pack to 50 of a full charge within 20 (the fastest home by way of comparison, take at least times longer to deliver the amount of charge). By 2015, plans to have built of the stations that Model S can drive coast-to-coast without out of juice.

And the Superchargers are free for Model S to use.

Enlarge / The battery of a Tesla Model S lives the floor.

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But 20 minutes for your battery to halfway so you can continue on a road isn’t always an option. To that, Tesla will an alternative at the Supercharger stations: in than 90 seconds, Tesla swap your car’s pack out for a fully charged The Model S’s battery is a sealed unit that underneath the floorpan; it’s up of more than 7,000 3.1 amp-hour cells and weighs 1,000 pounds.

Using a computerized system of wrenches and lifts that sit in a pit the car, the battery-swap process detaches the existing, presumably battery and lifts a new battery place, all without the driver to exit the vehicle. The car can then be away.


Tesla estimates the battery swap procedure cost between $60-80, on the battery pack (Model S can be built with two different pack sizes—60kWh and 85kWh). The caveat is that drivers swap back in their battery pack on their trip or pay a fee equal to the difference in between the new and old batteries (there are no yet on how much this fee might

In a write-up by Reuters. Tesla founder Elon Musk that building out the network of terminals will require an of between $50 million and $100 and that another company a similar business model liquidation less than a ago. However, if there’s one Elon Musk and Tesla have proven to be good at, succeeding where others failed.

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