Battery Swapping

  • Better Place 2012 Renault Fluence ZE just before return to Renault [photo: Brian of London]

    It is just over five years since I bought my Better Place Renault 2012 Fluence ZE in Israel—and a little over five months since I returned it to Israel’s Renault importer for a cash settlement. By that time, the 22-kilowatt-hour battery capacity was down to 11.3 kwh, and a warning light had been on continuously since July 2016. I gave up on my first electric car, and switched to a Hyundai hybrid. DON'T MISS: Early Better Place Customer On Israel Electric-Car Experience (Apr 2012) That’s exactly what two men—Better Place CEO, Shai Agassi and Carlos Ghosn, CEO of the...

  • Gogoro electric scooter
    Taiwanese Gogoro Brings Back Battery Swapping, For Scooters, Not Cars

    Taiwanese startup Gogoro applies battery swapping to electric scooters.

  • Tesla Motors battery-swapping station at Harris Ranch, California, Dec 2014  [photo: Teslarati.com]
    About That (One) Tesla Battery Swapping Station: An Update

    Eighteen months ago, in the kind of flashy, highly-publicized event it's so good at, Tesla Motors said it would launch battery swapping for its Model S electric car. CEO Elon Musk presided over a demonstration in which the underfloor battery pack of a Model S was apparently removed and replaced in...

  • Photo of Tesla Model S battery swapping versus 'fastest gas pump in LA' tweeted by Elon Musk
    Tesla Battery-Swap Pilot Program To Launch Next Week In California

    Tesla Motors will shortly announce that it is launching a pilot program next week to test the long-promised battery-pack swapping technology for its Model S electric sedan. The swapping site will be located at a facility across the street from the Tesla Supercharger site in Harris Ranch...

  • Photo of Tesla Model S battery swapping versus 'fastest gas pump in LA' tweeted by Elon Musk
    Tesla Says One Battery-Swapping Site Will Go Live In December

    Tesla Motors will open it first battery-swapping station before the end of the year.

  • Photo of Tesla Model S battery swapping versus 'fastest gas pump in LA' tweeted by Elon Musk
    Tesla Model S Battery Swapping: Will It Ever Actually Arrive?

    Exactly a year ago, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk presided over a flashy demonstration in which the battery pack of a Tesla Model S electric car was apparently swapped from underneath within 90 seconds and replaced with a fresh pack. The event generated a huge amount of press, and subsequent coverage...

  • Better Place Battery Swapping

    The remarkable scope, overwhelming ambition, and epic failure of the Better Place electric-car service in Israel is worthy of a book, or several. But until one appears, Fast Company magazine has produced the most comprehensive article yet on the founding--and foundering--of the great Better Place experiment. Published three weeks ago in the May issue, it's a long article, but well worth the read. DON'T MISS: Better Place Obit Asks: Has Tesla Done What Israel Couldn't? The piece argues, in essence, that Better Place was doomed before it even began. "There was profligacy, marketing problems...

  • Photo of Tesla Model S battery swapping versus 'fastest gas pump in LA' tweeted by Elon Musk
    California Hands Loss To Tesla In Proposed ZEV Credit Changes

    It was one of the thorniest issues facing the powerful California Air Resource Board: Did the ability to swap electric-car battery packs qualify for "fast fueling" incentives meant to prod carmakers to build zero-emission vehicles that could add 300 miles of range in no more time than filling the...

  • Better Place battery-swap demonstration
    Standardized Electric-Car Battery Swapping Won't Happen: Here's Why

    Standardized batteries are one of the great consumer goods: Who hasn't bought a pack of AA or AAA cells for some consumer-electronics device by now? The idea that standardized high-capacity lithium-ion battery packs are an inevitable next step in the evolution of electric cars crops up repeatedly...

  • 2013 Tesla Model S electric sport sedan [photo by owner David Noland]
    Life With Tesla Model S: Battery Upgrade From 60 kWh To 85 kWh

    A recent 1,200-mile East Coast road trip in my 2013 Tesla Model S electric car proved to be something of a turning point in my view of the car. Fitted with the smaller 60-kilowatt-hour battery pack, my car's EPA range of 208 miles was not quite enough to make it between Superchargers--Tesla's...

  • Better Place Battery Swap Station
    Better Place Lives On? 15 Battery-Swap Stations To Stay Open

    When companies like Tesla Motors start talking battery-swapping technology, you get the feeling Israeli firm Better Place just hit the market too soon. Although Better Place (BP) filed for bankruptcy back in May, some companies have shown an interest in keeping its battery-swapping stations...

  • Tesla Supercharger fast-charging system for electric cars
    Why Tesla Launched Battery Swapping; Is It Now In Danger?

    Tesla Motors has surprised a lot of skeptics in its decade of existence. But last month's announcement of battery swapping for Model S cars traveling long distances deserves some additional context. It adds a new and quicker way for some Model S drivers to cover distances beyond the battery range...

  • Photo of Tesla Model S battery swapping versus 'fastest gas pump in LA' tweeted by Elon Musk

    As predicted last month, and tweeted and teased by CEO Elon Musk, Tesla Motors showed off battery swapping for its Model S electric car at a press event last night. Held at Tesla's design studio in Hawthorne, California, the demonstration itself was simple: A Tesla Model S drove onto the stage and stopped over a hole in the floor. Automated arms reached through the hole, supported the pack and the car, disconnected the fittings, and dropped it through the hole. Then a replacement pack was moved into position, raised through the hole to sit under the car's floorpan, and reconnected to the car...

  • Photo of Tesla Model S battery swapping versus 'fastest gas pump in LA' tweeted by Elon Musk
    UPDATE: Musk Posts Photo Of Tesla Model S Battery Swap Video

    Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk confirmed that a press event to be held this Thursday evening will demonstrate battery-swapping for the Tesla Model S. The mode of communication was his favorite medium: a tweet. "Seeing is believing," wrote Musk, saying that the company will do a live demonstration of...

  • Better Place Battery Swap Station
    Possible Savior For Better Place Electric-Car Network Emerges In Israel

    Battery-swapping Israeli-based electric car network Better Place might have found a buyer, following its bankruptcy filings last week. Solar entrepreneur Yosef Abramowitz hinted on his Facebook profile that his company had offered to assume Better Place's assets from the liquidator. He wrote on...

  • Better Place visitor center [photo: Brian of London]
    Better Place Electric-Car Service Files For Bankruptcy

    Better Place, the electric-car service that pioneered battery swapping for passenger cars, filed for bankruptcy yesterday in Israel. A statement on the Better Place website said it had applied to a court for an orderly dissolution of the company to protect "the rights of its employees, customers...

  • Better Place Renault Fluence ZE on the streets of Jerusalem
    One Year With Better Place: Electric-Car Driver's Report

    Today marks my first anniversary driving a Better Place Renault Fluence ZE battery-electric car. So it seemed appropriate to summarize my experience to date with the Better Place service, which has had some challenges but is still very much in operation. I paid around $45,000 upfront for my car and...

  • 2013 Tesla Model S
    Is Tesla About To Offer Battery-Pack Swapping For Model S?

    Last week, one day after Consumer Reports called the Model S the best car it had tested since 2007, Tesla quietly announced that it will make the car a whole lot better. On page 38 of a May 10 filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] discussed factors that may...

  • Facelifted 2013 Renault Fluence electric sedan

    To the untrained eye, the Renault Fluence Z.E. is a fairly unremarkable vehicle--a compact sedan not unlike other compact sedans sold all around the world. What makes it different is its electric drivetrain, but what separates it even more is the fact its battery can be swapped out for a new one in a matter of minutes. That's the Better Place business model, but such a concept may not be long for this world. According to Danish energy website Energiwatch, Renault-Nissan CEO has said the company will in future concentrate on improving its battery technology, rather than building cars with...

  • The GreenWay Project's battery-swapping in Slovakia
    Electric-Car Battery Swapping, Slovakian Style (Well, Vans, Anyway)

    Battery swapping was once hailed as the miracle cure for short-range electric cars, but the trials and tribulations of Better Place have shown that isn't necessarily the case. It's not a bad idea though--it just needs the correct application. That could be in the commercial vehicle world, as...

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    Third Better Place CEO In Four Months Departs

    Better Place, the battery-swapping network operating in Israel and Denmark, didn't have an easy 2012, and 2013 is looking little better. Indeed, Reuters now confirms the departure of their current CEO, Evan Thornley. Better Place founder Shai Agassi was ousted last October, following losses of $490...

  • Better Place Battery Swap Station
    Coda, Better Place Team Up To Make SF Electric Taxi Fleet

    Back in 2010, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency was awarded a $7 million regional grant to oversee a fleet of 61 electric taxi cabs, complete with four battery sapping stations. Two years later, neither the taxi cabs, nor the battery swap stations have been launched. According to...

  • Renault Fluence ZE electric cars in Israel, provided by Better Place [photo: Better Place]
    Shai Agassi Out As CEO Of Better Place Electric-Car Service

    Shai Agassi, founder of Better Place, which provides electric-car services to customers in Israel, is no longer CEO of the company, the firm has confirmed. In an official statement posted earlier today, the company said that Agassi has been replaced by Evan Thornley, previously CEO of Better Place...

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    Electric-Car Distance Record: 1,172 Miles In 24 Hours (With Battery Switching)

    What can be done to dispel the assertion that the relatively short range of electric cars isn't suitable for most drivers? Well, you can either drive around in one yourself, displaying a lack of problems as you drive between work and back each day like millions of other drivers, and encourage...

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