Tesla Says It Will Deploy Battery Swap Stations Between LA and San Francisco

Each station uses the same machinery employed at the Tesla factory to swap a Model S battery pack in around 90 seconds.

Published: 06-Feb-2014

Tesla Motors is moving ahead with plans to open battery swapping stations in California, CEO Elon Musk said during a question-and-answer session with owners in the Netherlands.

The session was one of several stops on Musk’s European tour, where he and Tesla CTO J.B. Straubel talked face-to-face with owners. Among the topics Musk discussed was the deployment of battery-swapping stations between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The trial stations were announced last June when Tesla demonstrated its battery-swapping technology by staging a “race” against a gas pump (guess what won).


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