Battery swapping would make the Model S into a very practical fleet vehicle for luxury airport taxi's, especially if the battery lasts at the higher end of expectations. Fuel cost savings cost be realized quickly, and refueling would be easier than a gas station.
Yeah, I can see lots of businesses with a fleet of $100,000 golf carts. Plus, these would be considered luxury autos and the normal depreciation rules would not apply. It would take much longer to depreciate "the fleet".
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True, when the Gen3 comes out it will probably be a platform designed like the Model S so that different models (ie small van) could applied to the frame. That would make it the perfect Postal fleet vehicle
future, I agree about the fleet vehicle idea but in a different capacity-Highway Patrol etc. type high mileage vehicles with 40,000+ miles annually. Tesla would sell a modified (not so luxurious) version of the MS but the contract pricing would be based on TCO for say 8 years. Tesla would make money, the agency would save money and Tesla would get an enormous amount of great PR. Imagine the first car chase where the MS quickly catches up with the car, performs a PIT maneuver and ends the pursuit very quickly. Seeing that acceleration, in addition to the car looking very cool, would sell a lot of cars. What do you think?
coach might be right, a private company would be more profitable to work with (and more exclusive).
The trump card Tesla may have are their patents. If the Model S has superior design thanks to the battery design being a safety reinforcement it could end up becoming a very powerful commodity. Isn't that why everyone was buying SUVs because of the crash safety? I am of course speculating heavily, but if you search the Tesla patents and think about the design it's pretty amazing stuff. I hope those are some solid patents.
I just hope Tesla gets involved in Highway Patrol bids! I know for a fact that years ago Chuck Swift, a nationally-known Chrysler dealer in Sacramento, won the bid 8 years in a row. The bids that won were NEVER more than $0.18/vehicle above dead cost! Great idea to have Tesla CHP cars, isn't it?
Battery swapping is not going to make electric cars appeal to the masses. A faster form of plug in supercharging, or even solar panels planted onto the car to charge it continuously would have been a much nicer approach.
Its simply cheaper to get a fleet of Prius Gen IIIs and fill them up with gas then go with this battery swap deal. A tank of gas runs just over $30 bucks and thatll take the car at least 350 miles.
The latest 'big news' from Tesla is unfortunate - expect the stock to trend down in the near to medium term. We didn't hold 100 and the sell off will commence next week.
I've never seen a Prius used as a luxury airport taxi/limo service. Normally they want Luxury sedan's for that. It's not only about fuel efficency for every occasion, the Model S has many benefits the prius does not. The prius might make a good fleet vehicle for parking enforcement though......
as for your "the stock will trend down", I don't believe you are a prophet, your guess is as good as any random anonymous internet source I've seen. The battery swapping is obviously just another option, another benefit, and only a Tesla bear would spin it as some kind of negative...