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