This thread is to specifically discuss the implications of Tesla's new grid storage business, as opposed to debate the particulars of SuperSwapping vs SuperCharging. Elon announced grid storage during the conference call on SuperChargers, so we can be certain that it is a reality. He did not discuss the business aspect of it, which is our task here. Everyone needs to be clear, the amount of revenue potential for this business probably dwarfs any potential auto manufacturing business. Building electric cars will allow Tesla to bootstrap a capability that will eventually produce mind boggling revenues as the fleet of Tesla's grows into the millions or tens of millions. Here is the patent that describes the management architecture for Tesla's new Grid Storage Business - METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EXTENDING LIFETIME FOR RECHARGEABLE STATIONARY ENERGY STORAGE DEVICES - Patent application Here is the section linking this patent to SuperSwappers, but this patent is completely agnostic on architecture - Read more: METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EXTENDING LIFETIME FOR RECHARGEABLE STATIONARY ENERGY STORAGE DEVICES - Patent application The words "Metal-Air" are also in the patent. Any mention of that is off topic. This thread is about the business of grid storage. Same goes for SuperSwappers/SuperChargers or any other car related architecture. Battery chemistry is relevant in terms of capacity, rechargability and life-cycle. Here are background resources for competing uses, whether to support SuperChargers or SuperSwappers. The grid storage business is the same regardless - Randy Carlson's post on the economics of how grid storage can make buckets of money for Tesla in the context of SuperChargers - SuperCharging Tesla - Seeking Alpha I've posted quickie models describing roughly the same thing at threads all over TMC, only in the context of SuperSwappers. I'm not going to link to all of them, but the best stuff is probably in the speculation thread on what the mystery announcement was (posted before we found the reference to swapping in the 8k) with my first post here, and discussion continuing forward until after the 8k was discovered - I then went on to describe more in detail how this would work further up the thread. This concept then was discussed extensively in Citizen-T's thread, which was started after the reference in the 8k was found, where the architecture of the system was then debated - - - - Updated - - - Fearless prediction. Tesla will finance these the same way that Solar City does with Solar Power installations. CDO's.