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Tesla Motors teases swapping for Model S electric car

Motors has discussed battery as part of the Model S electric car at least since 2009, writes. Last week, Motors the company was planning to features that allow for the replacement of depleted battery

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On page 38 of a May 10 filing with the Exchange Commission, Tesla [NSDQ:TSLA] discussed factors may influence the adoption of electric

Among the factors discussed was its to rapidly swap out the Model S pack, and the development of specialized facilities to perform such which do not currently exist but we plan to introduce in the near . (our emphasis)


We’ve heard before

Tesla has discussed swapping as part of the Model S at least since 2009. As as March, in its previous 10-K it said it was considering implementing version of the technology during

The latest information is the statement specialized public facilities for battery swaps are something it plan[s] to introduce in the near It essentially telegraphs an imminent

It also eliminates previous of battery swaps occurring at centers in favor of the far more specialized public facilities.

Beyond the SEC filing. CEO Elon recentlytweeted. There is a way for the Tesla S to be recharged throughout the country than you could fill a gas

Five-part trilogy

When what this tweet was he responded. Don’t forget the announcement. Part 5 of the trilogy—referring to tweets promising imminent including the new Financing Plan and Plan recently announced.

We await word on an expansion of the of SuperCharger quick-charging stations, as as the mystery announcement. Both are any day now.

Currently, the SuperCharger offers the fastest charging on any electric car. It allows a S to add roughly 150 miles in 30 minutes optimal conditions, and can even a full 265-mile Range of an 85-kWh Model S in a bit more an hour—allowing owners to take road trips.

But even SuperCharging is incapable of the large Tesla Model S pack faster than you can a gas tank.

We are left to believe the mystery announcement is related to the battery-swap announcement.

Rapid swapping

So what is rapid swapping? Just what it like: It replaces a depleted pack with a full rapidly.

It may be best known electric-car fans through the Better Place service in .

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It would entail driving the S into a small automated rather like an automated car A robotic mechanism would the battery from under the and replace it with a fully pack.

Presumably after paying for the through their touchscreen Model S owners could away with fully batteries, ready to complete the segment of their trips.

has previously described this as equivalent to the Better Place process. which can swap out a pack in less than a

Unlike Better Place, Tesla owners would pick up their original on the return trip.


There has always been about whether Tesla move forward with a system, whether for functional or reasons.

The company has announced million in capital expenditure for a major investment in battery-swap would clearly require effort and resources.

But the statement in the 10-K and Musk’s appear to leave little for doubt.

And perhaps the need was by Jake Fisher, head of testing at Consumer Reports .

He of the Model S: If it could recharge in any gas in three minutes, this car score about 110 [out of

Thomas Fisher is a performance-car and Tesla Model S fan who lives in California. He works as a business and occasional writer.

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