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Tesla Demo’s 90-Second Model S Battery Swap

Faster than filling a gas tank, declares CEO Musk.

by on Jun.21, 2013

Tesla demonstates the speed of its battery swap system compared to the time it takes to fill up at "the fastest gas station in LA."

Beyond the high cost of electric-vehicle technology, perhaps the biggest turn-off for consumers has been the lengthy time needed to recharge products like the Model S.  Or so goes conventional wisdom.

But the maker has set out to show that recharging the sedan doesn’t have to be an obstacle – first by announcing plans for a nationwide, high-speed “Supercharger” network and, now, by demonstrating the ability to swap out a depleted battery for a fresh one faster than you can fill up a gas tank.

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After tweeting plans to prove that possibility, Tesla CEO Elon Musk invited journalists and several hundred Model S owners to the factory to demonstrate the new battery-swap strategy. On a video screen overhead, a Tesla employee was shown filling up a car’s gas tank at what the South African-born executive described as “the fastest gas station in L.A.”  On stage, a robotic machine automatically removed a Model S battery and replaced it with a fully charged one.


eVgo Hopes to Make a Go of it with Vast EV Fast-Charge Network

“Freedom Stations” take aim at range anxiety.

by on Dec.05, 2012

An EV owner prepares to plug into a Level III charger at an eVgo Freedom Station.

While battery sales have been improving in recent months they slowed unexpectedly in November despite the surge in the overall U.S. automotive market. While analysts will likely debate what this specific setback means, even electric vehicle proponents acknowledge sales are being constrained by two key challenges: price and range.

It’s likely to take some time – and some significant developments to lower costs and increase the capacity of today’s lithium-ion battery technology.  But a Texas-based start-up is betting it can help overcome the issue of range anxiety by setting up a network of high-speed chargers dubbed “Freedom Stations.”

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“We think we can overcome the issue of range anxiety and provide EV owners range confidence,” says Terry O’Day, the director of California Business Development for eVgo.

A new subsidiary of Houston-based power company NRG, eVgo wants to install nearly 400 – and possibly more — high-speed Level III chargers in Texas, California and along the Mid-Atlantic region.


Battery-Car Charging Could be Worth Billions

A new study finds an estimated $3 billion in potential revenue.

by on Sep.27, 2010

EV Charging is destined to become a multi-billion-dollar business, according to a new report.

A new study by a Texas firm indicates that demand for electric vehicles will create a multi-billion business for charger manufacturers before the end of the decade.

Verify Markets of San Antonio, Texas declares, in a market research report, that the North American electric vehicle charging industry will grow rapidly over the next five to seven years, reaching $3.09 billion by 2017. (See 15 Minute Recharging Underway for Electric Vehicle Owners from Eaton and Murphy Oil)

“The key factors that are driving the sale of EVs, and in consequence EV charging equipment, are the low costs to operate and maintain an electric vehicle, the desire for countries to be energy independent and more green, and advances in technology. This includes better performing batteries and improved charger to grid/vehicle to charger communications, which make this industry possible,” the report said.

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One factor that will help the growth of the industry is the adoption of uniform standards for such things as the plugs used by various vehicles and chargers.  This interchangeability is already in place for 110-volt and 220-volt chargers and is expected to be adopted for high-speed, 440-volt chargers, as well, over the next several years.