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Tesla shows off 90-second recharging

GasBuddy Blog -- Is there anything that can stop Tesla? Tesla Motors unveiled a system that will let drivers swap out the battery in a Model S in about 90 seconds, which is less time than it takes to fill up a traditional car at the pump.

According to CNN Money, Tesla hopes the new system will help overcome the fears that many drivers have about the convenience of electric cars.

At a demonstration in California Thursday night, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the battery swap stations will be installed throughout the network of "supercharging" stations that Tesla is already installing around the nation. The supercharging stations currently provide free recharging in about an hour. Musk said the battery swap, which will cost between $50 and $80...


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tstoney
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 11:34:42 AM

Interesting, but still not as convenient as filling up.
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gasmask78
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2014 12:13:27 AM

Z
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pezbep
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 2:41:14 PM

its not how long the recharging takes, it is how far does it take you???
Usually not very far, so it is not feasible for long trips
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mbfd302
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2013 6:02:02 PM

Today $65 in fuel would get me 300 miles city.
How far would I get in a Tesla?
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dfp609
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2013 7:00:20 AM

This is very interesting.
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mabrams184
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2013 6:48:12 PM

This idea has been around for many years. It has to start with high end cars and hopefully will trickle down to vehicles that the majority of us can afford.
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No1ConMan
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2013 2:39:28 PM

VERY forward thinking on their part, kudos to Tesla! Nikola would be proud!
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heydano67
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2013 2:56:12 AM

a nice hot swap
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dfp609
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2013 5:31:00 PM

This sounds very encouraging.
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2parrots
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2013 2:02:49 PM

Gone in 60 seconds ,by fire that is .
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2013 12:25:34 PM

Love it.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 1:52:43 AM

Nice enhancing feature.
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mdr46
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2013 3:08:35 PM

Ok, maybe it will take less time than filling up at the pump, but what's the range? How far can I after that $50-$80 battery swap?
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wrangler63
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2013 8:17:09 AM

I thought EV batteries were huge and heavy
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gppk39
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2013 9:40:43 AM

How long will the batteries last?? And how much will it cost to replace the batteries?
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pilotmass
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2013 8:16:47 AM

This is months old news.
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rockmbike
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2013 4:32:41 AM

not saving much
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2013 2:39:01 PM

Sounds out of reach for most
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2013 10:44:46 AM

Define "SWAP". What is the Life Cycle cost of the battery? Like to see overall life cycle cost and depreciation throughout the ownership years of such a high cost vehicle.
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2013 6:48:04 AM

Perhaps electrical fires???
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VDubBill
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 12:23:12 PM

Does this require 1.21 gigawatts of electricity?
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JOHNJOEYJOE
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2013 5:47:56 PM

I cannot afford to buy the car, so I don't need to worry about the quick charge.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2013 12:21:13 AM

Don't even wanna see the thing...
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mdr46
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2013 5:30:55 PM

That's good, but what's the range? Also the car itself is too expensive. I'll pass for now.
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2013 12:31:55 AM

Grr
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Message Posted: Nov 8, 2013 5:03:33 AM

Cool. On a completely related note. Tesla is planning to open a warehouse in Las Vegas, NV. and they might invite the engineering students UNLV to test drive their cars, according to an ASME officer.
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2013 9:15:43 PM

you would have to be in a big hurry to pay $80 instead of waiting for an hour. I would try to schedule it at lunch time. I'm sure there will be a restaurant nearby soon.
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2013 7:53:24 PM

:::::surely some tea-bagger will bad mouth::::


What is the fascination of the left with gay pornography? Why do leftists insist on using terms from gay porn? Why do the mods allow this on a family message board?
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2013 1:08:11 PM

Encouraging.
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2013 10:36:50 PM

What is the range?
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2013 4:20:11 PM

Jury not out on that yet
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2013 6:20:28 AM

cool
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2013 3:28:21 AM

Now the price on the car needs to drop significantly
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 9:03:27 AM

All well and good, but the limiting factor for battery cars will one day be the rare earth elements required to make them. The technology has supply chain viability now, since the number of batteries required is proportionally small. Guess what happens when you increase the number required by fifty to a hundred fold? Not thinking we'll be able to meet production demand to supply a two batteries for every car in the world.
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Obama's an idiot.
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looking forward to reading the posts of hate and nay-sayers... surely some tea-bagger will bad mouth obama
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Hummm!
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2013 7:26:43 AM

It would have been nice if they had put the miles you get on a charge so I could have made a better educated comment.
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2013 12:10:41 PM

bklynse: "This car is still too damned expensive."

LOL! It's all relative. In this case, it's relative to one's income.

This post reminded of something Robert Kiyosaki discusses about the mindset of most people. Most people spend more time and energy on complaining about lack of money, how expensive things are, etc. Very people put their mind to increasing their income circle, moving towards making "expensive" things affordable!
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2013 11:17:05 AM

I personally would try to time a recharge with a meal, thereby eating while I am waiting for the free 1 hour charge. If I was in a big rush I would pay the exchange fee if it was at or close to $50. I rarely let my gas tank get below the 1/4 full level when traveling, therefore a refill of gas would be approximately $60. The issues are not only 'free' vs 'fast', but also the miles driven that a recharge vs refill of gas provides.
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bklynse
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2013 3:05:28 AM

This car is still too damned expensive.
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2013 3:29:05 PM

$50-$80 sounds like a lot of money for electricity, but I suppose it really depends on how many miles you can get off that quickie recharge.

Personally, with my Passat, I get around 850+ miles for around $60-$65 of diesel.
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screw the middle east even thought we send troops over there so we don't get bombed.......how nice
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2013 10:47:30 AM

Interesting
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Technological Advancements
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2013 1:49:24 AM

Interesting.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2013 5:38:25 PM

Would be nice to have for the high cost areas like California.
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 7:33:05 PM

great idea
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2013 4:14:15 PM

that is the answer... switch battery packs and "refueling" stations
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Hummmm!
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