Tesla Motors will likely halt development of the battery swap program because the Superchargers have proven to be fast enough.

Tesla Motors will likely halt development of the battery swap program because the Superchargers have proven to be fast enough.

Launched towards the end of last year, Tesla's battery swapping pilot program will likely be short-lived because company's CEO says the Superchargers are fast enough and will likely make battery swapping redundant. Speaking at a meeting with Tesla shareholders, Elon Musk said "the Superchargers are fast enough that if you're driving from L.A. to San Francisco, and you start a trip at 9 AM, by the time you get to, say, noon, you want to stop, and you want to stretch your legs, hit the restroom, grab a bite to eat, grab a coffee, and be on your way, and by that time, the car is charged and ready to go, and it's free. So, it's like, why would you do the pack swap? It doesn't make much sense."

Elon Musk added that all Model S owners from California were invited to use the battery swap station at Harris Ranch in Coalinga, California but only a few of them were actually interested. Now, Tesla has extended the invitation to all owners from United States, but Musk expected only a handful of people will try it out.

We remind you Tesla Motors announced deliveries of the Model X will begin in 3 - 4 months while the Model III is programmed for a 2017 market release, following next year’s reveal.

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