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Tesla shows off 90 Second Battery Swaps for Model S

Tesla shows off 90 Second Battery Swaps for Model S

Jun 21 2013, 1:00pm CDT | by

There are a few caveats to keeping the new battery pack

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...

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Tesla shows off 90 Second Battery Swaps for Model S

Jun 21 2013, 1:00pm CDT | by

There are a few caveats to keeping the new battery pack

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.

 
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As Dealers Become Irrelevant, NADA Fights Back: "At Least We're Not Selling Furniture!"

Nov 4 2014 10:22am CST | Source: The Car Connection

What would a world without auto dealerships look like? A generation ago, the question would've seemed absurd, but today, we may be on the way to finding out. Tesla is upending the traditional auto sales model, showing off its cars in relaxed "galleries" and selling its vehicles online. Survey after survey shows th ...
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Ford F-150 Vs Chevy Volt Vs Tesla Model S: Which Is Most Important Vehicle Of The Decade?

Nov 4 2014 10:15am CST | Source: Honda Insight Reviews

Now that the 2015 model year is fully upon us, the decade is half-over. And those kinds of milestones always lead writers to look back and assess how far we've come. In the case of automobiles, we see three different vehicles launched over the last five model years that have radically changed the ...
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Car Dealers Fire Back: Why Negotiating Is Good For Car Buyers (Video)

Nov 4 2014 9:00am CST | Source: Hybrid SUV Reports

The battle between Tesla Motors, which sells its electric cars directly to customers over the Internet, and the nation's car dealers--which want to make that practice illegal--has raged for four years. Now, it seems to be starting to breed a wider conversation about the role of franchised dealers. The argum ...
Source: Hybrid SUV Reports   Full article at: Hybrid SUV Reports
 

 
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Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan 'Featured' At Rally Course In Japan

Nov 4 2014 8:30am CST | Source: Green Car Reports

The Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan doesn't go on sale until next year, but it's already made its motorsport debut. Sort of. DON'T MISS: Will The Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan Target The Tesla Model S? The hydrogen fuel-cell car was "featured" in the final round of the 2014 Japanese Rally Championship over the weekend, where it ran the course but didn ...
Source: Green Car Reports   Full article at: Green Car Reports
 

 
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Hyundai/Kia MPG Fudging Nets $100 Million Fine from EPA

Nov 3 2014 1:56pm CST | Source: Car and Driver

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Justice Department just settled with Hyundai and Kia to the tune of $100 million, the largest Clean Air Act penalty ever assigned. The fine stems from claims that the Korean carmakers sold 1.2 million cars in the U.S. with overly optimistic fuel-economy ratings. The EPA contends that the vehicles sold under the inaccurate fuel-mileage ratings contributed more ...
Source: Car and Driver   Full article at: Car and Driver
 

 
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An electrifying journey

Nov 3 2014 11:41am CST | Source: Driving Canada

VANCOUVER – After driving their Tesla Model S from their home in Oregon east to St. John’s, Newfoundland then turning around and driving west to Vancouver, Kathleen Gonsalves says the most remarkable thing about her and husband Ron’s all-electric journey is that “we’re still friends.” The couple’s 24,000-kilometre odyssey began Aug. 27 and ended this past Saturday on the False Creek Seawall at the fin ...
Source: Driving Canada   Full article at: Driving Canada
 

 
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Mercedes hopes Tesla technology in electric B-Class will help hatch beat BMW i3

Nov 3 2014 7:33am CST | Source: Driving Canada

Mercedes-Benz’s first mainstream electric car has Tesla technology under the hood, though it’s not flaunting it. Unlike BMW, which wrapped its competing emission-free model in futuristic carbon fiber, Mercedes unit put an electric motor and battery inside its existing van-like B-Class hatchback. The only clues that it’s electric are a couple of small decals and the blue trim on the mirrors and front grille. Teaming up with Tesla is supposed to help Mercedes transfer some of the hipster a ...
Source: Driving Canada   Full article at: Driving Canada
 

 
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Consumer Reports says Tesla Model S reliability is just 'average'

Nov 3 2014 7:00am CST | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Tesla Motors Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk strikes us as someone who retches at the word "average," especially when it's applied to one of his companies. But that's the reliability grade his company's Model S all-electric sedan has received from Consumer Reports. From what others have reported, that might not be a bad thing. CR reached its conclusion by factoring in both its own experiences and the responses from more than 1,300 Mode ...
Source: Autoblog   Full article at: Autoblog
 

 

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