Range anxiety has often been a major element that keeps drivers from making the switch from a gasoline-powered car to an electric car. Yet, the fast chargers drivers need are here with companies installing them today. The battery technology needed to use them, however, is not.
The Detroit News reported Monday that ultra-fast chargers, the latest in electric car charging technology, are ready for use with deployment happening as you read this. They’re a far cry away from even DC fast chargers, which can juice batteries up to add 75 miles every 30 minutes. Instead, ultra-fast chargers offer the capability to add 215 miles in 10 minutes.
With the right onboard charging system and battery, juicing up an electric car will be quite similar to filling up a traditional car with a tank of gas.
Aside from Tesla’s own Supercharger system, the ultra-fast chargers will see few vehicles take advantage of them, with the first scheduled to arrive next year. The Porsche Taycan is a prime example, which will work with an 800-volt charger to juice the battery up to 80 percent in about 10 minutes.
Where does that leave General Motors? GM hasn’t made any substantial investments into charging infrastructure, despite the fact it was one of the first automakers to produce a mass-market plug-in hybrid in the Chevrolet Volt. The Bolt EV followed in 2016, which takes advantage of public charging infrastructure that other companies operate.
We’d imagine GM will work to make its future electric cars (the company has 20 new ones coming by 2023) compatible with ultra-fast chargers. Today, the quickest charger a GM electric car will work on is a DC fast charger, which is optional equipment for the Chevrolet Bolt EV. We know the automaker has invested millions into the Orion, Michigan, assembly plant for a new electric car, and we could see the model adopt some of the future technology to make range anxiety a thing of the past.
Source: The Detroit News