Blog: Tesla Battery Swap

Manny Becerra as a child

June 2013

This month, I had the great opportunity and privilege to work with my colleagues at Tesla on helping create the customer-facing digital experience in support of the recent Battery Swap Event for Model S.

Swapping will take 90secs. You'll never get out of your car. Return the pack on your journey back or keep it & we'll bill you the difference — @Tesla

Leading up to the event and the night-of was a blast too; it's never a dull moment wrangling 1s, 0s and pixels at Tesla to say the least. Being on this particular project was a fun, cross-functional, fast, and creative UI/X experience.

We designed Model S from the beginning to be capable of swapping out the battery pack faster than you can fill a gas tank — @elonmusk

I'm proud of the UI/X work I do; in this case, I'm extra proud and excited about what my work contributes toward: Tesla’s mission in accelerating the world’s transition to sustainable energy. Battery Swap is one of several things we, at Tesla, have in store for making a cross-country trek a reality in the near future!

See also: Model S Batery Swap Event Video


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