04 May '13, 10am

Long time EV drivers were right. Carlos Ghosn says no more battery swap cars via @AutoblogGreen

Here is why battery swapping could potentially work in the distant future IF THERE IS AN INDUSTRY STANDARD. 1) With an interesting standard, just a few different battery shapes & sizes could be used to work with many different cars. Bigger vehicles could take multiple batteries. 2) With battery swapping, you can allow cars to have relatively small batteries as long as there are many battery swap places and they can swap batteries quickly. A 100 mile battery that could be swapped 3 times (5 minutes each time) could go 400 miles faster than a much more expensive 200 mile battery car that requires an hour of recharging. 3) With battery swapping, cars could have smaller batteries such that more people would be able to afford the cars. 4)90% of the time, people would still just charge at home. The battery swapping is only for the occasional long trip. It is a useful system, it ...

Full article: http://green.autoblog.com/2013/05/03/carlos-ghosn-says-no...

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