Tesla Shows Off 90-Second Battery Swap for Its Electric Cars


“The only decision you need to make when you come to one of our Tesla stations,” said Tesla founder Elon Musk during a news conference Thursday, “is do you prefer faster or free?”

Musk then showed a video of an Audi being gassed up, while on-stage at the same time, a Tesla Model S had its battery back swapped out for one with a full charge.

Seeing that this was Tesla’s event, you can guess which task took a minute and a half and which task took north of four minutes. To prove his point, Musk rolled a second Model S out on stage and swapped its battery back out in 90 seconds as well.

It’s hard to tell from the above video, but the Tesla car drives over the top of a special platform, which “raises from the ground to disconnect and grab hold of the depleted battery, says…

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