Researchers the world over are trying to come up with a solution to electric vehicle recharging woes. Even 240-volt chargers can take six hours or more to recharge the battery pack of many EVs, leading some companies to pursue alternative methods of recharging, like battery swapping…and battery swapping certainly has a lot to recommend it.
A team of Holden engineers has set a new 24 hour distance record for electric vehicles, going an impressive 1,172 miles in 24 hours utilizing battery swapping technology.
Swapping Batteries: A Better Solution?
Holden, GM’s Australian subsidiary, utilized their full-size Commodore sedan for the test. They replaced the optional V8 engine with a small swappable battery pack. The engineers then drove 75.8 mile loop, replacing the battery for a fully charged one even though the packs still had an estimated 25% life left.
The battery swapping allowed the Holden engineers to drive 1,172 miles in 24 hours, averaging about 48 MPH and beating the previous record holder, a fast-charging Renault Zoe, by nearly 170 miles. Battery swapping has so far been limited to companies like Better Place, which charges a subscription fee of sorts for access to their battery swapping stations.
While such technology seems decidedly “sci-fi”, is it so hard to imagine a home garage with a battery swapping station built into the garage floor? Or battery stations replacing gas stations where you pull up, get a fresh battery, and drive off in less time than it takes to fill a gas tank? I certainly don’t think so…and it could prove to be a better option than chasing the perfect battery chemistry.
Source: Green Car Reports