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Recharge Your EVs in 20 Minutes?

June 27th, 2012 · No Comments

How long does it take to fully charge your electric vehicle? 4 hours, 6 hours? Now recharge your EVs in 20 minutes.

If integration plans push through, you may not have to wait that long. As early as next year some EV models produced here in the United States and in Europe can be fully charged in as short as 15-20 minutes!

Leading car manufacturers from the U.S. and Germany have come to agreement recently to support a unified single port rapid charging technology. The system called DC-fast charging is being endorsed by the largest names in the auto industry like Ford, General Motors, Volkswagen, Daimler, Audi, BMW, and Porsche.

The advanced charging system integrates technology from one-phase AC-charging, fast three-phase AC-charging, DC-charging at home and ultra-fast DC-charging approaches. The carmakers will be showcasing the new system at the Electric Vehicle Symposium 26 (EVS26) running from May 6 to 9 at the L.A. Convention Center.

The new charges are a win-win proposition for both the car manufacturers and consumers. End users can benefit from this type of standardization by way of lower cost-of-ownership, improved charging reliability, lesser maintenance costs, and the ability to get juice from most of the existing EV charging stations. The automakers stand to gain from this through reduced R&D costs and streamlined production infrastructure.

Electric vehicles like the Ford Focus Electric can be fully charged in 4 hours with a fast charger, at the moment. More advanced models like the 2014 BMW i3 are expected to be powered much faster than the current models. The DC-fast charging devices will go on sale this year and some models coming out in 2013 will already be equipped with these ultra-fast chargers.

As advocates of clean technology in the transportation sector, we fully support this initiative. More convenience, less hassle. We’re glad that the car makers are working together and taking a step in the right direction. The lesser the adjustment hurdles, the faster clean technology will become mainstream and widely used by consumers.

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