Tesla's 90-second battery pack swap

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk took to the stage at Tesla’s design studio in Hawthorne Thursday to show off the company’s latest innovation: battery pack swapping in 90 seconds.

I wasn’t there in person, but it was showmanship at its finest. Here’s the video:

Musk is determined to convince the masses that driving an electric vehicle can be as convenient as driving a car with an internal combustion engine. To prove the point, Tesla “raced” someone filling up an Audi at a gas station. In the time that it took to fill up the gas tank, Tesla swapped batteries on two cars.

Model S owners will now have two options when they pull into a Tesla station: free fast-charging, or battery swapping for a fee.

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Dana Hull covers clean technology and energy policy for the San Jose Mercury News. She often writes about electric vehicles, the smart grid, the solar industry and California energy policy, from RPS goals to Gov. Jerry Brown's big dreams for distributed generation.