Next week global automakers from the United States and Germany will demonstrate new fast-charging technology that will give electric vehicle owners the ability to recharge their EVs in as little as 15-20 minutes. Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Porsche and Volkswagen have agreed to support a harmonized single-port fast charging approach – called DC-fast charging – for use on electric vehicles in Europe and the United States.
The first live charging demonstations will take place at the Electric Vehicle Symposium 26 (EVS26) May 6-9. The combined charging system integrates one-phase AC-charging, fast three-phase AC-charging, DC-charging at home and ultra-fast DC-charging at public stations into one vehicle inlet. The new system gives EV owners the ability to charge at most existing charging stations regardless of power source and may speed more affordable adoption of a standardized infrastructure. The combined charging approach will also reduce development and infrastructure complexity, improve charging reliability, reduce the total cost-of-ownership for end customers and provide low maintenance costs.
Currently today’s electric vehicles like the Ford Focus Electric can recharge in as little as four hours with a quick charger, but new models like the 2014 BMW i3 will be able to be recharged much faster. The new chargers will be available commercially by the end of 2012 and the first vehicles to use the new technology will be available starting in 2013.