JFE unveils the 3-minute electric car charge

The 30 minutes used to be the gold standard when it came to charging electric car batteries. But JFE Engineering, a Japanese energy technology company, has unveiled a way to recharge batteries in one tenth of that time.

The Nissan Leaf touts an 80 percent battery charge in 26 minutes.
The Nissan Leaf touts an 80 percent battery charge in 26 minutes. Nissan

Thirty minutes used to be the gold standard when it came to charging electric-car batteries. But JFE Engineering, a Japanese energy technology company, has unveiled a way to recharge batteries in one-tenth of that time.

In only three minutes, the company claims that it can recharge a battery up to 50 percent of its capacity, and in five minutes recharge the battery up to 80 percent, according to an article in CrunchGear.

The Mitsubishi iMiev had a 50-mile range after a five-minute charge in testing.

In contrast, the Nissan Leaf using 440-volt fast-charging stations takes 26 minutes to achieve an 80 percent charge of its battery. London-based Chargemaster announced the production of the Chargemaster FastCharge , which can recharge an electric car in 2.5 hours, down from the typical six hours using a standard charger.

JFE's new technology should be available in Japan by March 2011.

 

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