Tesla’s first battery-swapping stations were supposed to open by the end of 2013. They didn’t and they haven’t opened yet. However, Tesla Motors CEO & Chief Product Architect Elon Musk says that they will open within the “next few months.”
Depending on how usage goes at these first battery-swapping stations, Tesla will decide whether or not to build more.
You may recall that Tesla unveiled its battery-swapping capabilities at a demo in California back in June 2013. At the demo, Tesla employees performed a 90-second battery swap in a Tesla Model S. Not much could be seen, unfortunately, but I assume that’s because Tesla didn’t want anyone stealing its technology.
I’m a Tesla fanboy, but I have to say that I’m a little disappointed that Tesla would unveil its battery-swapping technology practically one full year before it was ready to launch it. What’s up with that?