The Concept of Battery Swapping
As electric vehicle sales continue to accelerate around the world, battery charging times and operational lifespan are becoming more important topics in the minds of potential EV drivers. What started with Israeli startup Better Place in 2008 has now become a persistently popular concept in the evolving electric vehicle (EV) markets of the world. Over in China, neither of these concerns (charging time nor lifespan) are an issue as battery swapping grows in popularity. The US startup Ample is trying to follow suit in San Francisco. But will western consumers and car companies play along? What role does Tesla play in it?
The basic idea behind battery swapping is straight-forward: You take your vehicle to a swap station, hand in your discharged battery, get a fully charged replacement and drive off. All within 2 or 3 minutes – It’s even faster than filling up a tank with fossil fuel!
(Source: Geely Swap-Station – CNT Tech Post)