Elon on Battery Swap: "I'm a fan of optionality"

Elon on Battery Swap: "I'm a fan of optionality"

He also said "today is about supercharging" and "we may have something to say about that in the future" very awkwardly. Very odd.

hpatelmd | May 30, 2013

He also said did not see it as a good idea for Tesla

ian | May 30, 2013

Thank goodness. I think battery swapping is not at all practical and a horrible idea for them to consider.

Mark Z | May 30, 2013

I was pleased when Elon said, "Pack swap is not a brilliant idea."

holidayday | May 30, 2013

I think it's a good idea for fleet cars. If a police station went to Model S cruisers, then a battery swap may be a good option for them, to keep the cars on the road instead of charging half the time.

GeekEV | May 30, 2013

@holidayday - Bingo. It makes great sense for fleet cars (police cruisers, taxis, etc.) where the question of "who owns the battery" is moot. I think the cost of a robotic swap machine would be pretty quickly recouped by the gasoline savings...

Brian H | May 30, 2013

Yes, with their own equipment and inventory of batteries, chargers, etc. All they really need from TM is the specs, and the spares.

SamO | May 30, 2013

I don't think that pack swap is a particularly brilliant idea. It's pretty obvious at a small scale. Can you do it with something much larger, how convenient it would be.

I think that he's going to do a disposable quick charge pack that you carry around and then "burn" to get you between chargers. It will require an adapter wired to the charger. Done.

SamO | May 30, 2013

Think single use/recyclable rather than swapping the regular pack.