How Electric Vehicles Will Go Mainstream, The Big Picture - It's about Charging Times and Locations
An interesting article below and it is true we have to adjust to a paradigm shift away from travelling to a petrol station to fill up. With an EV you should be leaving your home in the morning with a "full tank". And if you are stopping somewhere to fill up, it won't need to be a petrol station.
There are already 33,000 electric vehicle charge points in the United States, 95,000 in the European Union, 13,000 in the UK, and 150,000 in China. But work is underway on a network of fast-charge points that rival the speed and convenience of Tesla’s Superchargers: More than 8,000 miles of China’s highway network is already served by 100-kW rapid chargers that can pump 60 miles of range into a Jaguar I-Pace in 15 minutes.
As part of its mea culpa over Dieselgate, the VW Group is spending $2 billion on a network of fast-charging stations in the United States as part of a program called Electrify America. Unlike Tesla’s Superchargers, however, the VW chargers will service BEVs from other automakers as well. VW is also investing heavily in a network of similar fast-charge points across Europe, as part of a joint venture with Daimler, BMW and Ford called Ionity.
The Electrify America and Ionity fast-charging stations will be rated at 150 kW, able to bring the 95 kWh battery in the forthcoming Audi e-tron SUV to 80 percent charge in just 30 minutes. (And most of the new-generation of BEVs hitting the market from 2020 will similarly benefit from the speed of 150 kW chargers.)
Porsche’s Mission Es will be able to handle 320-kW charging from the get-go, delivering 250 miles of range in 20 minutes or less. Most engineers now working on BEVs believe that within 10 years topping up your e-tank will probably take no more than 10 minutes.
But the key factor will be energy storage and charge capacity, and the type, form and size of the battery may well change to accommodate this in future.
|How Electric Vehicles Will Go Mainstream - The Big Picture - Motor Trend
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