23 Jun '13, 3pm

Battery Swapping is Dead! Long Live Battery Swapping! - EV World

Less than a month after Better Place's bankruptcy filing—which seemed to be the kiss of death for the vision of an automotive future in which owners of electric cars would switch out their batteries rather than recharge them—high-flying Tesla Motors has revived the idea. In a press event Thursday evening, Tesla's somewhat oddly attired Elon Musk showed how the the company's Tesla S luxury sedan could be recharged in just 90 seconds, hovering over a robotic setup in which the battery would be automatically located, unbolted, removed, and replaced. (In the above photo from the presentation, a person is seen filling up a car with regular gasoline (left), while the Tesla (right) is having its battery switched out in less time.)

Full article: http://www.evworld.com/news.cfm?newsid=30578

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