Battery Swapping To Seduce You To Buy Electric Cars
Back in 2008, Better Place, led by the charismatic Shai Agassi made quite a splash in an automotive world still reeling in from an unexpected recession (please don’t laugh..) with the notion that battery swapping stations could be built in order to let electric cars swap their depleted battery packs and go on their way. Theoretically, you could drive cross-country this way.
How Does It Work? According to Better Place, battery stations could be strategically placed in order to let you drive anywhere you wish. If this sounds familiar, its because Better Place took a lesson from the petroleum industry who promised Ford to conveniently place gas stations if he dropped production of those silly electric cars. In this case, a car could drive into a station, drop its battery pack and exchange it for a freshly charged one. Sounds great but there are some catches.