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Researchers move closer to charging an EV as fast as filling a tank of gas

Lucas Mearian | Jan. 22, 2016
A shipping container-sized battery is required for fast charging an EV.

Tesla currently has 591 Supercharger stations with 3,425 Superchargers around the world. Last year, the company released an over-the-air software upgrade for its cars that tracks charging station locations and alerts drivers when they're out of range of those stations.

As part of the EPFL Industrial Electronics Lab's quick charging project, researchers built gas station prototypes to determine how they'd need to be modified as gas-powered cars slowly die out and are replaced by EVs.

The research showed that a quick charging station able to handle 200 cars per day would need intermediate storage capacity of 2.2 MWh, which require an Intermediate battery system the size of four shipping containers.

"Electric cars will change our habits. It's clear that, in the future, several types of charging systems -- such as slow charging at home and ultra-fast charging for long-distance travel -- will co-exist," Capezzali said.


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