Quick Battery Charger Needs Just Three Minutes for a 50% Charge

By on July 10th, 2010

Saturday, July 10, 2010 2:31

Companies around the world are trying to find solutions to make electric vehicles attractive but so far there hasn’t been a charging speed war among those.

It seems that the competition already starts because one of the biggest companies in Japan called JFE Engineering now claims it has developed a quick charger that apparently needs just three minutes to get your car’s battery from zero to 50 percent and 30 minutes for a 80% charge.

To demonstrate the efficiency of this “quick battery charger”, the company uses one of the Mitsubishi’s electric car called i-MiEV. After tests JFE claims the car was able to drive for 80km continuously after a 5-minute charge (the vehicle having a driving range of 160km on a full charge).

The company also designed a low-cost version of its charger at a price of $60,000 and double that for the standard model. It is important to know that the low-cost version doesn’t require a power transformer. Therefore, the units will start being available for installation in Japan by the end of March 2011.

[Source: CrunchGear]


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