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Model S battery swap

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Not heard anything about this for a while, wonder if they have quietly given up on it

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Renault tried battery swap and failed miserably. Better place went bankrupt and the only production EV with swapping went out of production.
Renault took out battery swapping and added rapid charging to Zoe at the last minute. Kangoo was also supposed to get battery swapping, but that quietly went away.

How many people would agree to battery swapping if it means you can never own the battery? At least on the forums, there appears to be a large resistance to leasing the pack. I was the first battery lease customer at our Nissan dealer.
But you don't get your pack back. What happens if there is a problem with the pack you do get. What if the capacities don't match. (they won't) What happens when your car goes out of warranty?

This is all easily addressed if you are renting a pack with a service agreement. Ownership is harder since you are trading packs around.
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