Submitted by kn8Fury on October 20, 2012
I've recently heard about BetterPlace and its one fantastic idea! Unfortunately, Tesla does not agree with BetterPlace.
It looks like Tesla wants different batteries for different cars and I do agree with them. Tesla is one hell of an EV company with unparalleled battery technology. On the other hand, Battery swapping is an amazing idea. So what now? We have an efficient transport technology and a great solution for the limited mileage holding back EV boom. But why are EV still no competition to oil driven vehicles?
Well.. What if BetterPlace followed a standard swapable 'cell'. Then Tesla could make different batteries for different cars whose cells can be replaced at any BetterPlace station! It'll be just like different gasoline types (and maybe Tesla cells would be Premium).. different capacities, more companies (more competition), lesser costs.
Where Tesla and BetterPlace do not agree