One of the main problems plaguing consumer confidence in electric vehicles is the amount of time it takes to fully charge the internal batteries- overnight charges are required, making long-distance travel impossible without adding days to a trip. But one company is preparing to introduce technology that could eliminate this issue.
Car Charging Group Inc. announced it plans to deploy Level 3 fast-charging stations capable of fully charging an electric vehicle in 30 minutes or less. The charging stations, designed by Coulomb Technologies in partnership with Aker-Wade Power Technologies, will be similar to gas pump-type charging stations in existence today, but will be powered by dedicated 480-volt, 125-amp circuits that will provide for much more rapid charging.
The new stations could fully charge a vehicle in as little as 15 minutes, only a small time longer than it takes to fill a full tank of gasoline. With such convenient and effective charging options available, this may be a new start for electric vehicles in the US auto fleet.
The Level 3 charging stations are expected to be available in the third quarter of 2010.
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