Tesla Battery Swap Patent Application Images Demonstrate System
Tesla’s battery swap patent application images surfaced recently on the Internet (see Patent application title: Battery Swapping System and Techniques via Electrek).
The battery swap project seems to be unattractive for Model S owners, as there simply was very little interest in using it.
The pilot station in California required a scheduled visits, a ~$80 fee, and a need to return and swap batteries again. And in the end, the whole operation took much longer than was originally estimated presentation (5-10 minutes, instead of 90 seconds).
Thus, such a solution isn’t competitive, especially against free Supercharging.
Whether Tesla will try to use battery swap again in the future for internal usage on large-fleets, or for its trucks with some combination of autonomous driving is still a question.
Check out more patent images below, as well as Bjorn Nylund checking out the original Harris Ranch battery swap station (now not operational last we heard) this past Spring.