If you think you have an issue with batteries that are not removable...well, imagine your phone being 3,000 pounds, having 4 wheels, 4 seats and being your major source of transportation!
Yeah, I'm talking cars here. But not just ANY car, how about the Tesla...a fully electric car that will travel 200 miles on one charge? It's really a feat for the ages to have created a car and company that was against all odds and was "destined to fail", yet it's not only still viable...it's still innovating.
In case you don't know it, if you own one of these electric cars (which by the way use Lithium Ion batteries - very similar to the ones in your phone), the company has installed FREE - that's right, totally FREE charging stations all across the country, where you can pull in, plug in, sit and enjoy a book or a half-hour radio show or movie on your tablet, and then disconnect and drive another 200 miles, all at no cost! The company's founder Elon Musk has vowed that their charging stations will remain free for ever. But he's apparently not stopped there. Allow me to digress for a moment...
Recently one of our Moderators, MandyMakesApps posted a way to turn your Samsung Galaxy S4 into a wireless chargeable phone, and how to do it in 20 seconds. That's about the time it takes to power the phone off, remove the depleted battery, replace the depleted battery with a fully charged one, replace the cover and power the phone back on. In her post, instead it's done by inserting a thin card into the back of the phone over the battery, which provides the necessary wireless "antenna" (coil) and connects with contacts already there, to allow the phone to use the magnetic field created by standard wireless charging pads to charge the battery. See Wireless Charging on your SGS4 in 20 minutes...
OK, so FoxKat, what does that have to do with the Tesla? Are we talking about wireless charging of the car's battery? Well, no - although that concept is already a reality too (see immediately below).
Inductive charging is also used for CARS and the technology is moving along fast!!
Inductive charging is the solution against the wild growing of charging poles. | Europe is ready for large scale electric transport and HECO > EV and PHEV Charging.
No, what we're talking about here (as you might have gathered from the title of the post), is instead of charging the battery, why not exchange the depleted cells like we do with our empty Propane Grill canisters at the local Home Depot or Lowes, for one that's full and ready to power our Grill (or Grille if I may)?
Today, Musk and Tesla announced an incredible new way to charge your electric car, one that is not only highly innovative, but cuts the charge time from over 30 minutes, to under 2 minutes. How, you ask? Well, it's a $500,000 cost per charging station (that Tesla will be paying), to convert it into a fully automated battery swapping station. You then simply drive the car in, press a button and sit back, and while you wait your car "powers off", then a robotic apparatus comes out of the ground below your car, removes the fasteners and gently detaches the huge battery pack from under your car. Then it proceeds to swap it underground with another that it has previously charged (also fully automatically), and stores the depleted battery in a holding cell below the asphalt where it begins charging it for the next car. In fact, it has several charged cells waiting so it's ready to do multiple swaps one right after the other. Once completed, the car "reboots" and you're on your way in under 2 minutes...less than half the time it takes to fill a typical car's gasoline tank! The cost...about $80 per "fill-up"
So could you imagine being able to go to any retail store, purchase a charged battery for your phone and swap it as a deposit with the old battery and be on your way in seconds? Well, the idea isn't really all that new...remember AA and AAA batteries?
See the video and story below.
Musk Demos Tesla Beating Audi in Refueling Contest - Businessweek