Submitted by Wooly on June 20, 2013
Just got home from Teslas event at the design center to demonstrate the battery swapping capability of the Model S. Elon said that from the start the car was built to be able to swap out the battery. An incredible demonstration went off without a hitch. This incredible machine comes up from a mechanics bay under the car and completely unbolts, removes, replaces, and rebolts with a brand new battery in 90 seconds. Incredible! They showed the time for a fast gas pump to fill a car was 4 minutes. They did two Teslas in 3 minutes. It was really something to see. The model for it at Tesla stations would be "Fast or Free" meaning you can have your battery swapped out in a couple minutes and be back on your way with a full charge for about the same cost as filling up with a tank of gas or plug into a Supercharger for free and wait the 20 minutes or so it would take to charge your car. He keeps raising the bar.