This Electric Car Concept Swaps Out Battery

Many of us desire an electric vehicle to call our own. But not all of us have the time to charge an electric car in the garage overnight–or even a garage to charge it in. Designer Daniel Fitzgerald of Melbourne, Australia, wants to change all that with the Remora concept car.

The Remora doesn’t sit around overnight attached to a plug. Communicating wirelessly, the Remora lets the charging dock know its estimated time of arrival; when you pull up in this little electric, its hind end pops off, essentially, and gets replaced by a new one, containing a fresh battery pack. (This dedicated public charger apparently always has fresh batteries ready to go.)

Remora concept car

image via Daniel Fitzgerald

A few moments later, you’re off to the races, running on cleaner, greener electricity.

This charging concept seems as if it could integrate nicely with the old gas station. Here at EarthTechling, we’d like to see these robotically-operated battery packs detaching and reattaching themselves to the cars of the future, and sending us on our way–perhaps with a robot window-scrub, for good measure.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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