Elon Musk: Tesla battery swap now working in beta in California

Gigaom

Will Tesla soon start offering its customers the option to quickly swap out discharged batteries with charged batteries on long road trips? On Friday Tesla CEO Elon Musk said via Twitter that battery swapping was “now operating in limited beta mode” between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

According to an official blog post from Tesla, the company will start piloting the battery swap tech next week at a custom-built facility located across the street from the Tesla Superchargers in Harris Ranch, California.

Musk has long talked about how Tesla wants to offer battery swapping options at its Super Charger stations. Battery swapping can take just a few minutes — shorter than the time it takes to pump a car with gasoline, says Musk — while fast charging can take at least a half hour or more. Tesla baked a swapping option into the design of the Model S from the…

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