As more electric cars and plug-in hybrids hit the highways, the need for battery chargers is growing. That’s why suppliers now offer specially designed chargers for homes, workplaces, roadside rest stops, and municipal parking places. The chargers use a wide array of configurations, operate at different voltage levels, and offer recharge times ranging from 20 minutes to 16 hours.
We’ve collected photos of a few of the more recent EV charging systems. From low-voltage to high and wired to wireless, we offer a peek at some of the latest and greatest.
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A Nissan Leaf recharges its battery from an external Level 3 DC Fast Charge station. DC Fast Charge stations can “refill” an EV battery in under 30 minutes. Instead of using a rectifier on board the vehicle to convert AC to DC, these stations deliver DC directly to the vehicle’s battery pack. The stations, which are not made for home use, typically operate at 480V and deliver a 150-mph recharge rate. Japanese manufacturers have accepted a fast-charge configuration based on the CHAdeMO protocol, which was developed by the Tokyo Electric Power Co., Nissan, Mitsubishi, and Fuji Heavy Industries. (Source: NRG eVgo)
Good point, JimT. The depiction may be lacking in reality. I've also heard concerns about allowing everyday consumers to recharge their cars at 480V fast-charge stations. People are unpredictable and can inadvertently find creative ways to take something that's inherently safe, and make it unsafe.
Also, on this attempt to set the cultural expectations for quick mobile recharging, these corporate images show devices that appear to resemble conventional gas pumps.
First, I missed any mention of the amount you might "Pay at the Pump".How much can one expect to pay when sucking on 240V for 30-60 minutes-?I missed the pricing discussion.
Second, I think of a real-life scenario that exists commonly today; the cell phone and laptop recharging stations at the airports.People are not quickly re-charging and continuing on their way; instead they are sitting and waiting (& waiting & waiting), but the experience is still 100% free of charge.
Accordingly, I think this entire thought-process of this "currently accepted conventional wisdom" is pretty far-off from what is really going to happen.
Several of the slides showed images of vehicles recharging a t "Re-Charge-Stations" presumably attempting to establish this paradigm similar to today's conventional gas station. Cars drive up, recharge and drive away. Particularly, Slides #1 and #2, both depict this. The Pretty girl, smiling for the camera, while show holds her charging cable.She might just as well be standing next to a floor-lamp, reading a book, and holding the electric lamp cord. I think its ridiculous to paint the picture like this, trying to train the culture to expect the same type of 10-minute quick-stop as todays refueling expectations.
Charles, I love the idea Evatran and Hevo have for wireless chargers. This is real thinking on their part. Another interesting fact, the electric car manufacturers have spawned entire industries contributing to use of their vehicles. I think this is marvelous. I'm not too sure we will ever outlive internal combustion engines but I do feel there will come a time when the number of electric cars and hybrids will equal and possibly eclipse traditional engines. The cost will lessen as time goes by and manufactures work out details that now seem very cumbersome. Excellent post.
Nope, still doesn't work for me, patb2009. Here's my situation: I have a 10.3-year-old car and it will click over 214,000 miles this weekend. That comes to about 20,776 miles per year, or about 57 miles per day, on average. Far too many days would exceed the 80-mile EPA range of the Nissan Leaf. I'd be renting cars multiple times per month, which would be much too expensive, even considering the operational savings of electric power. By the way, your civil tone is much appreciated. Civility is important for this web site.
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