This thread is for those who insist on driving long distances and think unless you can do it in an EV you won't buy one.
Assume 60 - 70 miles an hour average speed. So Approx 2.5 to 3 hours driving between stops till the battery is flat.
Note: Even if you think you drive at 70-80 average speed you’ll find that due to traffic, over a day you’ll be doing closer to 60-70. If you find a stretch of road where you can do 1,000 miles without getting stuck behind other vehicles, having to stop for tolls, slow down for intersections, or has no construction, or rush hour traffic somewhere along the route... let me know. I'll come for a holiday. ;-)
Here's your itinerary:
6:00am Leave and drive 200 miles. 3.5 hours as you caught rush hour in as you leave the city.
9:30am Stop for battery swap and coffee to go. $30 battery swap service fee (assume it wont be free)
9:40am Get going and Drive 200 miles.
12:00pm Stop for free supercharge and $5 burger. Ran the battery quicker as no traffic.
12:30pm get going again Drive 200 miles.
3:00pm Stop for $30 battery swap and coffee to go.
3:05pm Get going again Drive 200 miles.
6:00pm Stop for Free supercharge and $10 ribs. Try and avoid rush hour whilst eating.
6:45pm Get going again. Drive 200 miles
10:00pm Stop for battery swap.
1:00 am. Stop at hotel with >=22kW public charger. Plug in, check in and go to bed shattered from driving 1000 miles in 1 day.
Day 2. Get up at 5am still tired from the day before:
Repeat. 2 supercharges. 2 x battery swaps. 1 overnight charge.
Day 3. Repeat.
Congratulations you just crossed from LA to Boston in 3 days for $180 on battery swaps and free supercharges , $45 on burgers and ribs, $30 on coffee, $200 for hotels. Total cost $445. Each way. Still it was cheaper than unleaded.
Still think you’d have been better of flying though and renting a gas car for a couple of days. Personally my vacation time is worth more than the rental cost + fuel. You are really in danger of a lawsuit if you have an accident as you driving stops will leave a trail of evidence that you are doing excessive driving. (Gas or EV).
The key point is a gas car can't do 1000 miles and has to stop at least 3 times. You can save 1.5 hours each day, but not stopping to eat and taking another battery swap.
The battery swap whilst mildly inconvenient will take less than 5 minutes from leaving the freeway to getting back on. No need to exit the car, unless you want to stop for coffee too. 5 battery swaps will be quicker than 3 liquid fill ups. The system will automatically bill your Tesla account by talking to the vehicle. I personally think they'll nail this to sub 30 seconds once they go into production. The robots in the public demo were slow.
In future - I think you’ll need to pre-book battery swaps so they can guarantee you a full one when you get there. They'll need something akin to a car stacking system like they have in Japanese cities, with a warehouse behind. Electric supply will need to be big, but nothing more than a commercial factory uses. IF cost benefits stack up, they'll leave charging depleted units till overnight... unless they solar powered energy shipped over the grid ;-)
I can see “air traffic control” on superchargers too. Stick in your route, and the central control will work out who will be arriving and when… can advise you to stop early to avoid queuing later.
I'd expect most people to go for a battery swap rather than a supercharge as it's quicker. Also means they can be kept in stock and charged more slowly to full charge.
Some key things to be resolved on swapping are not tech related - but consumer pricing...
Still think they are nervous about this after what happened to better place and trying to package it right is difficult. All the cost fall on Telsa unless they can sell you a primary battery first, and you are guaranteed to always get a fresh one from a swap station. The older <95% charge batteries can be recycled as energy buffers for the superchargers. Or reconditioned into lower capacity packs. Maybe they can even have different price levels on swap packs. Each "fill up" costs say $30 for a full 85kWh. But if you can get by with an 80kWh that's degraded a little - you only pay $25. And a 70kWh is $20.
Say you own an 60kWh car - but you want to borrow an 85kWh for long journey. You pay $50 - as your base pack will go on the shelf.
Gas cars don't store their whole energy for a trip up front and I think the battery swap model works best.
This sounds futuristic - but is easily doable right now. Someone just has to sign the check... Mr Musk.
I think they are waiting to see how people get on with supercharging before committing to battery swap. Might not be needed. Cuts the cost by loads if they don't have to have a swap warehouse station with say 1,000+ spare batteries inside.