Jun 21 2013, 1:00pm CDT | by Shane McGlaun
Electric vehicle maker Tesla had media and other people on hand at a demonstration recently that showed off its new battery swapping process. The process reportedly allows owners of the Model S to replace a depleted battery pack with a new fully charged pack in as little as 90 seconds.
Tesla says that is less than the amount of time it takes to fill up a 20 gallon tank on a vehicle requiring gasoline. Tesla plans to install battery swap stations alongside its network of Supercharger charging stations arrayed around the country.
The battery charging stations will remain free to use by Tesla Model S owners. However, the battery swaps will cost drivers about the same price as 15 gallons of gasoline. The battery swaps are accomplished by an automated machine while the driver stays in the car. The estimated cost to swap out a battery pack is going to be in the $60-$80 range. The caveats are that if you swap your battery pack for a newer battery pack, you will be charged for the difference. Drivers will also have to pay a transport fee if they want their original battery pack back.
Shane is a self described car aficionado. He loves muscle cars, but also knows how green cars work. He has years of experience in testing cars and writes about cars with deeply felt emotions.
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