Fast-Charge Stations for EVs on the Horizon

Feb 19, 2010

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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