We are in the midst of a full court press to get EV charging stations in place to reduce range anxiety for those purchasing EVs. Fair enough.
However we now hear that an alternative to EV charging is in the wings, battery swapping. According to an article posted in Parknews today, a Chinese company is touting the idea. It does have some pluses. Rather than spend at best half an hour charging, the battery could be swapped in a few minutes.
In addition, you wouldn’t actually own the batteries but rent them and a relatively low monthly cost, thus reducing the overall cost of the EV substantially. In addition, the batteries would receive professional care and last longer. Plus, as battery technology catches up with the popularity of EVs, They can easily be placed into the commercial stream. What’s not to like.
If this catches on, would we need half a million charging stations that are slated for installation? Would you need to install a requisite number of chargers in your garage?
I guess the question is “Is EV technology racing ahead, moving faster than we can keep up with it?”
Would it not be in everyone’s best interest to allow the technology to develop at its natural pace rather than forcing it upon the huddled masses? I think my favorite law, that of unintended consequences, may be lurking just around the EV corner.