As it stands, a Nissan Leaf can take anywhere from seven to 20 hours to fully recharge, although quick-charging stations can cut that time down to 30 minutes. Still, 30 minutes is probably longer than most people want to wait to get back on the road. But ten minutes for another 60-80 miles of real world driving? That’s not too shabby at all.
The breakthrough has come through a research partnership with Japan’s Kansai university, and involves charging an electrode in the capacitor from carbon to tungsten oxide and vanadium oxide. This allowed the battery of the Leaf to be charged in about ten minutes with no impact on battery life or reliability. That’s big, big news.
Nissan has made big progress on the charging aspect of EV’s, and just last month they announced the development of a smaller, cheaper charging station for Leaf owners. While this fast-charging technology could take a decade to commercialize, Nissan may be able to fast track it for production if EV demand is strong enough. No word on cost…but just the ability to recharge a big battery in a short time is impressive in and of itself.
Source: NY Daily News
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