Come on Tesla. You're talking about 2015-2016 year model. You should make minimum 400 mile per charge to attract costumers. I am waiting for your smaller and affordable car. If you really come up with 200 mile per charge, I prefer to buy Chevy or Honda gas electric and its also about $35.000. And I am sure they will increase battery power.
Sentiment: Strong Buy
Have you done any analysis at all on the cost of such a battery? Not just in price, but also in weight the car has to carry around?
Hint: The longer the range, the heavier the battery, so the worse the acceleration. You could get the acceleration back with a bigger motor, but then your range goes back down. So you get a bigger battery, and start the cycle all over....
Ultimately, I think a national network of battery swapping station is the right thing. They should sell the car, but lease you the battery.
For every day commuting & shopping a 100 mile range is plenty. You'd use a home charger, so it's full every morning and you just pay a low daily rent for the small battery. That's the most energy efficient too, because you are not having to haul around a bunch of extra weight you don't need.
Going out of town for the weekend? Stop by the corner battery station and swap in a 200 or 300 mile pack so you can drive for hours without having to look for the next swap station.
Battery swapping takes 2 minutes, but they can take 2 hours to recharge the pack for the next guy, so it's much easier on the battery than a 30 minute super charge....
You have heard of better place? The company that did battery swapping that had a working model in Israel? And that they went bankrupt? We can't even get Americans to check the proper air pressure in their tires or fill their windshield washer fluid and change their oil on time. You think they will do battery swapping?