Could Nissan's 10-Minute EV Charger Be a Game-Changer?

One of the major drawbacks of electric cars is not only the limited range, but the lengthy battery recharge times. We’ve become so accustomed to driving a long distance, stopping for a quick fill up, and then continuing on our way that waiting any longer than a few moments to charge up an electric car battery is essentially out of the question. Nissan might just have the solution to the problem, though: a 10-minute fast charger.

According to The Daily News, Nissan’s new charger was developed in conjunction with Kansai University in Osaka, Japan. Nissan and Kansai University discovered that by changing the electrode in a carbon capacitor to tungsten oxide and vanadium oxide, they could increase the chargers power output and charge the batteries on electric vehicles like Nissan’s Leaf and Mitsubishi’s i in just 10-minutes.

Most previous fast charging systems charged the car rapidly at the expense of the battery, which could only take so much fast charging before its storage capacity was severely diminished. The Daily News reports that the study found no significant effect on the battery’s storage capacity or voltage.

It may reportedly take up to a decade for this technology to make it to the consumer level. Currently Nissan has a Level 2 quick charger at dealerships that takes 8 hours to charge a Leaf battery. Just last month, Nissan announced that an even faster charger would be available in the United States in late 2015 that can charge a Leaf battery from 0-80-percent in just 25 minutes.

Would a 10-minute charger change your mind about electric vehicles? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: The Daily News, Nissan

Jason F
Pumping gasoline is actually A LOT safer than trying to fast charge these batteries.
STEVE
OK this is much better 10 min is not bad at all but there is still the problem of the cars not getting very far on a charge, when they figure how to pull 450+ miles on a charge and have charging stations everywhere like gas stations then maybe AMERICANS will give them a try. (as long as their not slow as hell) Also the price of the cars are to expensive, i cant afford a 500+ car payment and never would, yeah i know you get a rebate from whoever but that is at the end of the year, the full price is still added in to your payment! last but not least is the maintenance cost is crazy high, when you go to replace the batteries you'll have to get another car loan to do that! (i keep my cars long term) lifetime battery replacement would take care of that!
STEVE
OK this is much better 10 min is not bad at all but there is still the problem of the cars not getting very far on a charge, when they figure how to pull 450+ miles on a charge and have charging stations everywhere like gas stations then maybe AMERICANS will give them a try. (as long as their not slow as hell) Also the price of the cars are to expensive, i cant afford a 500+ car payment and never would, yeah i know you get a rebate from whoever but that is at the end of the year, the full price is still added in to your payment
sbdude
This would be spectacular, if only it were rolled out as extensively as gas stations, and the propagation of electric cars with ranges similar to the Model S Signature (-300 mile range) continues. I would not be pulling over every 75 miles in a leaf, or every 30 miles in a volt to maintain electric travel.
mE
Sorry, but this won't make a bit of difference. North Americans talk out of their asses when it comes to efficient vehicles. We just don't buy them. Despite the economy and the price of gas, the #1 selling vehicles in the US are still the biggest, least efficient vehicles you can buy, hybrids are a niche market, EVs are a niche of a niche. You could make a $15000 EV with 200 mile range and 1 minute charging, this won't fix the problem of the US car culture and ignorance. Just read Automobile for proof...Americans place all their social status on their cars, and buy cars that make no sense other than a pathetic attempt to impress people on how much of a lease they can hold. 5% of America really cares about EVs, 95% does not, never will.
mE
I hate comments like this. How safe is it to pump a highly toxic and flammable liquid?
btc909
This would kill gas powered cars if the price of electric vehicles was more reasonable. Stop, charge in 10 minutes & be on your way. Uh yeah. Or a drive through that makes a connection to the bottom of your vehicle as you wait in line to get your healthy fast food & by the time you pull away you have a almost or fully charged battery. As far as "where does the electricity comes from" I'd rather trust a large energy producing company at a few sources throughout the US producing power with closely monitored pollution emissions vs. trusting a smog shop to tell whichever state your vehicle passed a smog test millions of times over. I've been behind plenty of vehicles that pollute like hell.
Adrian
That...could be brilliant. Electricity for the majority of travel saves internal combustion for occasional enthusiast use. More power to 'em!
Elise
Since the article talks about the current charger that takes 8 hours now taking 10 minutes, they are talking about a 220 v charger. This is the same voltage that an electric clothes dryer uses. It is nothing special or dangerous. A 480 charger, the quick charger available now, is only used for commercial purposes.
Brian H
Always remember that you must SUPPLY all that power. And it's big Volts and Amps, not safe for casual use. Would require a robotic link at a designated station. The cables would be many inches thick. Remember, too, that the Leaf has a dinky little battery, <100 mi range. A Tesla 'S' with 300+ range, say 95 kwh, would be a bigger cable still. Etc.
John
Definately!

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