Tesla Sales Surge, But Battery Swapping On The Back Burner

So Jo and I were just like, totally wrong. I guess we got our hopes a little too high, as the Tesla press conference had nothing new or exciting to share. In fact, the Tesla Model X SUV wasn’t even on hand at all. Instead, Tesla execs used the soapbox to brag about higher sales and an expanding network of Superchargers. But what about battery swapping?

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Tesla Detroit Predictions: Production Model X And First Battery Swap Stations

Just like last year, Tesla Motors is here for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit to make some kind of big announcement. But instead of waiting another two hours, allow me to wildly speculate that Tesla’s announcement will either be the unveiling of the production Tesla Model X, and/or the opening of the first battery swapping stations in the U.S.

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EXCLUSIVE: Why Formula E Drivers Will Swap Cars Instead Of Batteries

Due to the limitations of battery technology, the high-performance electric racers of the upcoming Formula E series can’t complete an hour-long race on just a single charge. One would think that teams would simply swap batteries, but instead the FIA is mandating drivers switch their entire car. Many EV racing fans, ourselves included, have wondered why, so we reached out to Formula E in this exclusive interview for answers.

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Tesla Superchargers Could Eventually Deliver Half-Charge In Just 5 Minutes

The Tesla Supercharger network provides free, relatively fast-charging for the Tesla Model S, delivering a full charge in about an hour. But that’s still a lot longer than it takes to fill up a regular gas-powered car, though a recent interview with Tesla’s technology chief reveals that the electric automaker is working on a way to deliver a 50% charge in as little as 5 minutes

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Video: Tesla To Deploy 90-Second Battery Swap Stations By End Of Year

Elon Musk knows how to wow a crowd, and last night in front of a crowd of reporters and techjunkies, he certainly wowed ‘em with Tesla’s new battery-swapping technology. In just 90 seconds, the Tesla Model S swapped its depleted battery for a fully-charged one, and Musk says these stations will be deployed alongside Supercharger stations by the end of 2013.

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Suck and Fail: Project Better Place to be Liquidated

Project Better Place partnered with Nissan and Renault to create a battery-swap system that would be very familiar to anyone who buys a lot of cordless power tools, but the once-promising company looks like it’s headed the way of the Dodo, if reports are to be believed.

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Better Place Withdraws from Australia and the United States

Better Place, an organization that invented, installs, and operates electric car battery swapping stations in only 4 minutes has decided to shut down its facilities in Australia and America so that it can focus on its operations in Israel and Denmark. This does not bode well for the innovative EV infrastructure company.

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Romanian Team Suggests Modular EV With Swappable Gas Engine

Electric cars aren’t quite ready for primetime. Blame high prices, blame their short range, blame whatever you want, but most consumers aren’t willing to try and live with an electric car just yet. But what about an electric car with an optional gas engine? That’s the idea being floated by a group of Romanians who have apparently not heard of the term “plug-in hybrid.”

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