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Electrifying News: Nissan Developing 10-Minute Electric Car Charger

By Joel Arellano | October 11, 2011
The automotive industry is charged up with reports that Nissan may have found a way to recharge an electric car's battery in ten minutes. Normally it takes about eight hours to fully recharge today's EVs like the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV. Nissan developed the system with Kansai University in Osaka, Japan, according to Japan's Nikkei news agency and Asean Automotive News. The major leap in the technology involves changing a capacitor (a device which stores electricity) electrode from carbon to tungsten oxide and vanadium oxide. The new system could then recharge a battery within ten minutes with no major effect on the battery's voltage or storage capacity. It’s not clear when the technology might be commercially available, but don’t expect it within the next five years.. Automotive.com's take: The major sticking points on modern electric vehicles are their range and time to recharge the battery. If Nissan's system proves to be viable, would that change your view of EVs? Let us know in the comments below. Source: New York Daily News
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3 comments
Joel A
Joel A

Exactly, parbrize, Matt. I have confidence future EVs will double in usable range but battery recharge is still a sticking issue. Glad there's actually progress in it as well.

Matt
Matt

This would be a dramatic breakthrough if they can pull it off. Quick charging capability, and the abundance of charge points would encourage consumers to go electric.

parbrize
parbrize

That is a step further, 10 min charging it's more than ok.

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