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Battery swap enabled!! (In beta, per Elon's tweet)

Discussion in 'Model S: Battery & Charging' started by stickhog, Dec 19, 2014.

  1. stickhog

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    Take that, naysayers!
    Yes, Virginia, there is a Battery Swap!

    Is this at the Harris Ranch site?
    ~Larry
     
  3. Mike_Schlechter

    Mike_Schlechter Model S - P457

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    I'm tempted to make the cross country run just to try it out... ok, not really, but this is so awesome!
     
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    lol its gonna be in 1 location only.

    Doesn't say anything about what happens with your battery pack? I assume its a loan and you need to pick it back up within X time?
     
  7. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    Originally, it was said that you could have it shipped to your local service centre if you weren't going back through--don't know if that's still the case.
     
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    Anyone receive an invite that lives in that area?
     
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    Completely off-topic, but
    I do love the irony that the first negative response in this thread is from someone in Virginia...

    Yes Virginia there will be more of these (if demand is proven)
     
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    apacheguy Sig 255, VIN 320

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    I haven't, but I would love one. I'll be road tripping up that way anyway in early January. I'd be great if I could swing over to the super swapper instead of using the SpC.
     
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    How does one sign up? Planning to do that trip next week.
     
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    What they should do is when you know you're going on a trip should be able to swap out your original battery pack at your local service center. then you can go driving off on your trip swapping out to random battery packs and then when you get back from the trip you don't have to worry about getting your original battery pack from some random location.
     
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    aviators99 Model S - R140

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    Do you think people with "A" batteries will be invited?
     
  14. stevezzzz

    stevezzzz R;SigS;P85D;SigX

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    We don't yet know the terms of the pilot program for swapping like versions, much less getting a D pack for an A. My guess is that they'll require the invitees to return to Harris Ranch and have their original pack swapped back in within some rather short time frame. It's just speculation, of course, and unenforceable, but...
     
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    Emailed ownership and the response was, they don't have any information and to keep an eye out on the website.
     
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    Just curious, from previous trips on this same route, I think everyone makes a stop at Harris ranch and tejon. So this only saves one stop. What's the big benefit? 45 minutes to eat at Harris ranch is not a big deal. But stopping for 45 minutes at tejon does not give you such a nice option as Harris ranch restaurant.
     
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    From blog "With further automation and refinements on the vehicle side, we are confident that the swap time could be reduced to less than one minute, even with shields"

    Does that mean, that swap is not fully automatic at first?
     
  18. Todd Burch

    Todd Burch Electron Pilot

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    Yay yay yay!

    (To balance it with a positive response from Virginia).

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    Too inconvenient. This needs to be more convenient than a trip to a gas station, or EVs won't take off for Joe the Plumber until we have a 1,000 mile plus battery pack. And that is probably 10-20 years off.

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    It's a pilot program to test it out and gauge demand. Obviously if Tesla goes forward, the swaps will be in many more locations...probably strictly in California for awhile.
     
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    Uhh, what negative comment? I didn't see one. I took the "Yes, Virginia" part to be a take off on this famous editorial in the 1897 New York Sun newspaper. Virginia was eight year old Virginia O'Hanlan. See Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    As a futurist, I'm glad to embrace a company that can finally surprise me, year in and year out. Wow....I mean, WOW!
     

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