Better Place has set up shop in Tokyo to stress test their battery swapping equipment. The pilot program will allow the start-up company to work out the kinks in the technology before opening their first battery swapping station in Israel.
A test swapping station is located in the Roppongi Hills section of Tokyo and it will service three electric cabs (all Nissan Dualis compact SUVs) from taxi company Nihon Kotsu's fleet. While Better Place's fully-operating swapping stations will accommodate many types of batteries, the 90-day pilot program will focus on just one battery and car type.
The testing will help the company to make the technology more efficient and ensure it can hold up to real-world demands.
The automated swapping station can switch out a battery for a new one in less than a minute.
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