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Nissan Unveils 10 Minute Electric Vehicle Charger

Posted By Brit Liggett On October 11, 2011 @ 10:18 am In automotive,Green Transportation,News | 3 Comments

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Nissan just announced that, in conjunction with Japan’s Kansai University [1], it has built an electric vehicle charger [2] that is capable of fully recharging a car in just 10 minutes. One of the biggest downsides of current electric vehicles and their accompanying charging stations is that it usually takes about 8 hours to fully recharge a battery. This new charging station, when commercialized, could open up the door to a whole new demographic of people who aren’t willing to wait — the only problem is they’ll have to wait about a decade for Nissan to get this thing into dealerships.

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Nissan and Kansai University created the new charger by altering the components of the electrodes [3] inside the battery. Current chargers use carbon electrodes, while the new 10 minute charger switches those out for tungsten oxide and vanadium oxide electrodes, which are much more efficient. If chargers like this were to sweep across the market, the charging components in electric vehicles would have to be altered as well to be compatible with the technology.

According to many recent surveys [4] of consumers, one of the largest complaints about electric cars is the charging time and that charging infrastructure is not sufficient. Though Nissan’s new technology is a long way off from hitting the streets it could really revolutionize the industry. A charger like this would make electricity stations — modeled after gas stations — totally viable. Pull in, plug in, grab a smoothie and be off an running in no time. It is nice to know that solutions to current EV problems are in the works, and though we’d sure like them to come to commercialization a tad bit faster, we’re willing to wait.

Via NY Daily News [5]


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[1] Kansai University: http://www.kansai-u.ac.jp/English/index-e.htm

[2] electric vehicle charger: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=electric+vehicle+charger

[3] electrodes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrode

[4] recent surveys: http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2011/10/05/survey-says-electric-cars-dont-meet-expectations-customers/

[5] NY Daily News: http://www.nydailynews.com/autos/2011/10/10/2011-10-10_nissan_develops_10minute_electric_car_charger_.html

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