The first Tesla battery swap station is now open


Elon Musk just tweeted that the first Tesla battery swap station is now open between San Francisco and Los Angeles. More information is coming soon:


Pack swap now operating in limited beta mode for SF to LA route. Can swap battery faster than visiting a gas station. Tesla blog out soon.
Here is a demo video of the Tesla battery swap:

 

Model S is capable of a fast battery swap, exchanging a depleted battery for a fully charged battery in less than half the time it takes to refill a gas tank. This offers Model S drivers another, even faster option when recharging while driving long distances.

Update - additional information on the new battery swap station now available on Tesla's website:

Starting next week, we will pilot a pack swap program with invited Model S owners. They will be given the opportunity to swap their car's battery at a custom-built facility located across the street from the Tesla Superchargers at Harris Ranch, CA. This pilot program is intended to test technology and assess demand. 
At least initially, battery swap will be available by appointment and will cost slightly less than a full tank of gasoline for a premium sedan. More time is needed to remove the titanium and hardened aluminum ballistic plates that now shield the battery pack, so the swap process takes approximately three minutes.

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