Ample is launching battery swapping in the U.S. — here’s a look at how it works Ample is launching battery swapping in the U.S. — here’s a look at how it works This video file cannot be played.(Error Code: 102630) 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 Place shut down in May 2013 despite having raised $850 million in venture funding. In June 2015, Musk claimed customers weren’t interested in swapping their batteries. At the same time, electric vehicle companies improved their battery and charging station technology. This enabled […]

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