Ample opens 5 EV battery swapping stations for Bay Area Uber drivers


A San Francisco start-up called Ample wants to make electric vehicle battery swapping work in the United States following a history of failure by others in the space.

When electric vehicles started gaining ground in the early 2010s, Tesla and a start-up called Better Space promised their customers would have the convenient option of battery swapping.

“Hopefully this is what convinces people finally that electric cars are the future,” Musk said, rallying a crowd at a splashy demo in 2013, before sending them off to enjoy a party. Musk also said then that the battery of a Tesla Model S could be swapped in about 90 seconds.

But both companies failed to make swapping commercially viable. Better…


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