First Shots of Harris Ranch Tesla Battery Swap

FEB 2 2015 BY TDILLARD 14

The rumored first photos of an actual test car in the Harris Ranch Tesla battery swap station surfaced on our feed this morning.  The first image we came across was on imgur, which led us to the Reddit string.  Then we came across a bunch more on on the Tesla Motors Club site – take a look here: Harris Ranch is getting first battery swap station (TMC- p26)

…don’t miss the discussion and comments.

We posted shots of the exterior about a month ago – see those here, and the details from Tesla on the station, here.

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Gonna be a great reuse for all those old Jiffy Lubes once EVs take over.

Call them “Jiffy Swap”! 😉

Nah.. they’ll all be turned into stops along the hyperloop system and be renamed “Jiffy Tube”.

+1, +1, +1

You know, I can see a legitimate market for battery swapping instead of just larger batteries. As an example, if someoe has a mid sized Tesla bettery pack and almost never needs the added range. Just being able to swap out the mid size for a larger one(to take a long distance trip for example) and the costs are lower and yet the driver gets all the benefits of the longer range when he/she needs it. I’d think other manufacturers would consider a similar program. Imagine that 82 mile LEAF battery swapped out for a 200 mile one. Maybe it would cost $50-$100 bucks but that’s a lot cheaper than doubling the battery cost of a new vehicle.

Lou

Great Point, I would definitely prefer to bu an EV with more battery options. The biggest concern would be counting on a big battery around the holidays.

Ha! good point.

A bigger battery does more than give you longer range.

It gives you better longevity because you don’t have to deep cycle so often.

It gives you better acceleration.

And it gives you the option of an extended trip, beyond say 80 miles, without planning ahead.

Also good points.

Larger capacitiy batteries also can be charged much faster … particularly when using less than 80% capacity.

Of course it gives more. The problem is that most people rarely is ever need the more it gives. My Model S would have cost $20K for the biggest battery. I have never “needed” the added power and may have used it a handful of times. Going from 135 miles to 260 miles of range would have negligible affect on batter degration on a percentage basis but I could “afford” more degradation with a larger pack. Calendar loss is more of an issue and with more battery comes more calendar loss. Very few people drive more than 80 miles/day regularly. I could have made use of the longer range 5-6 times in the nearly two years that I’ve had my Model S. Drove my wife’s Volt on those occasions.

Even if the battery cost is cut in half it would still be a $10K adder to add 45kwh.

So what happens when someone drops off a battery that has 60k miles on it then picks up one that only has say 5k. seems like a nightmare to keep track of and a good deal for anyone that has a somewhat degraded tesla battery that is “within the warranty” for degradation.

I seem to remember that either you have to swap back to your original battery or pay the difference in value of the two batteries.

Makes sense. Logistics behind it though make it more inconvenient than supercharging unless a return trip to the same swapping station is planned. Then if you’re planning to return the station has to store your battery until then, which is another downside. I like the idea just don’t think the pros outweigh the cons for most until there are as many swapping stations as there are supercharging stations.