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Tesla patent reveals new plans for a battery-swapping machine

Tesla patent reveals new plans for a battery-swapping machineā€

United States electric auto maker Tesla has reportedly filed a patent application for easily replacing or swapping vehicle battery packs.

Never mind the battery swaps - having a mobile, deployable four-post lift could make me a whole bunch ofmoney renting it out to shade tree mechanics on a per-hour basis.

The patent also shows how technicians could change the battery packs of the cars in 15 minutes. It is suited for a Model S or X, which could simply drive onto a ramp or a lift that would raise the auto so that technicians would be able to quickly remove the battery pack. While the system has been said to work on vehicles thus equipped, the temporary switching off is required for Tesla to ensure that the software and hardware are paired and calibrated correctly for 100% functionality.

Tesla has reportedly produced certain vehicles from the Model 3 production run with a new, different hardware configuration, according to the report.

Despite the huge upside for Tesla owners, the machine looks most promising for Tesla's upcoming semi-truck, which is scheduled to be unveiled in October.

This, of course, is all speculation based off a patent though, so we can't say for sure whether Tesla is actually building the system or whether it plans to use it in the near future. This isn't the first time the American electric vehicle producer flirted with the idea of battery swapping. The automaker filed a similar patent previous 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.



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