The time it takes to recharge from empty to full has always been something of an Achilles heel for electric cars. Even rapid charging as powerful as Tesla’s Supercharger technology still takes far longer to refuel a car than it does to fill up with gasoline or Diesel.
That fact has — and continues — to put many people off buying an electric car.
Yet last week, Porsche and BMW, working as part of a consortium in Germany dedicated to the development of fast charging for electric vehicles, demonstrated a next-generation prototype which could add as much as 100 kilometers of range (62 miles) in just three minutes. That’s far faster than any commercially-available charge tech in use today.
At that kind of speed, charging sessions on the go could rival that of filling up with liquid fuel. And that, we think could help the transition to electric vehicles — at least, if the technology isn’t detrimental to the car and its battery pack.
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