Better Place has demonstrated the success of its battery swapping technology before but that was under tight, controlled conditions on a prototype setup. The demonstration later this month will put real-world, battery-powered taxis operated by Nihon Kotsu to the test. Better Place's battery-swapping project kicked off in Tokyo at the beginning of the year with a goal to analyze real-world impact on battery degradation, range and related aspects. Japan has expressed a desire to replace its entire fleet of 60,000 taxis with electrical vehicles, a move that could cut the nations overall CO2 emissions by 20 percent. To us, the novel idea of battery swapping is a bit too complicated when compared to fast charging that can fill a battery to about 80 percent capacity in just minutes, but we look forward to seeing how the real-world test pans out.
[Source: Green Car Advisor]