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Harris Ranch is getting first battery swap station

Discussion in 'Charging Standards and Infrastructure' started by Lump, Jun 3, 2014.

  1. bxr140

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    And the lifting sling to be used with a forklift, which likely came out of the smaller box.

    And its stored in a not-so-ideal manner...
     
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    one little slip....
     
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    I hope they smooth out the guide rails corners, they look like they could do some damage.
     
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    I don't think they can hit anything. They are about the height of the sidewall on the 21" wheels. The ends are solid mounted to the floor, but the long tubes are covered in a PVC (or some other plastic) cover, so it will roll if you touch it with your tire.
     
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    You can see a car battery in the pit. Neat!
     
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    #267 Mark Petersen, Feb 2, 2015
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    wonder how long before someone do's this
     
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    Seriously. They need a door to cover the pit until the car is in position. Maybe the lift for the battery pack can also lift a blank to fill in the hole? It has to be strong enough to support half the car, though.
     
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    I don't think the guide rails would let you make this mistake.
     
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    In that video, there are no tire guides as there are on the Tesla's. The risk would be minimum with the guides in place (they seem to work fairly well at car washes).
     
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    If they decide to roll these out in a big way I think they're going to need a system like in some car washes that grabs the wheels and pulls the car in instead of the driver doing it. No question someone will jump one of those little PVC tubes and drop a wheel in there.
     
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    There is a guiding divisor where the pit opens.

     
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    PVC? I'd expect them to be metal.
     
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    looks like the guy directed wrong.
     
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    I think they would. The car could just straddle one of the guides. Have you seen how some people park? I think this is a real possibility. But besides preventing the car from falling in the pit, it would be a good idea to prevent people from falling in, as well. I see they do have a ribbon-like thing to pull across to warn people away from the pit, but I don't think this is practical for a public battery swap station that is in constant use.
     
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    Click the little thumbnail or title of the reddit thread.
     
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    Thanks Teslaficnado from down under

    Very nice photos! It pays to show up when the sun is above the horizon (unlike my 2-prior visits).

    I'm wondering how they are solving the problem of input voltage fluctuation that was knocking the Harris Ranch superchargers off line.

    11.21.14.jpg

    If the problem persists, the swap station makes for a good alternate plan. Or they may plan to use the reserve stack of batteries at the swap station, looks to have a capacity of 20-batteries, as a power reserve for the supercharger. Though this seems a pie-in-the-sky idea.
     

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