This new Tesla patent could make switching out electric vehicle batteries even easier
It wouldn't be the first time Telsa has experimented with battery swapping. The automaker filed a similar patent last year — but the machine described in the recent filing would be more compact and more mobile, as the patent mentions the potential for custom-built trailers to move it from place to place.
The system described in the new patent filing would make it possible for technicians to swap out Tesla vehicle battery packs in less than 15 minutes — making it feasible for Tesla owners to use a battery exchange rather than constantly having to charge up.
The machine would also reduce wait time for Tesla owners. The battery swap would theoretically take about half the time it takes to charge a battery fully using one of Tesla's superchargers.
The machine would be used to lift a car to a predetermined height, likely according to which model is being serviced, so that technicians can access the battery packs. The patent explicitly mentions the Model S and Model X, but other Tesla vehicles like the Model 3 would probably be compatible with the system, too.
|Tesla patent reveals new plans for a battery-swapping machine
Why charge your battery when you could just swap it out?