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4.5 Megawatt Charging Station Could Recharge EVs in 15 Minutes

4.5 Megawatt Charging Station Could Recharge EVs in 15 Minutes

In an attempt to overcome one of the objections to electric cars – long charge times – Swiss researchers have demonstrated a setup that can replenish an EV in 15 minutes. “Our aim was to get under the psychological threshold of a half hour,” said Massimiliano Capezzali, deputy director of the EPFL Energy Center and the research project’s leader. “But there is room for improvement.” As it stands, their solution reportedly involves making available 4.5 megawatts – as much current as required by 4,500 washing machines – to charge as many as 50 cars at a rate of 80-100 kw each. This amount of current enabled the researchers to provide 20 kilowatt-hours to 30 kwh needed to charge a Nissan Leaf’s battery. But as can be true even of Superchargers which must have sufficient infrastructure to tap into, the Swiss researchers realized they’d need a workaround to so much current that ...

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