Delta Americas has partnered with General Motors to develop extremely fast charging technology that will allow electric car drivers to add 180 miles of range in as little as 10 minutes, according to Bloomberg.
To put that into context, it is three times as many miles as Tesla drivers can add in 10 minutes using today’s Superchargers.
The development process is expected to take place over the next three years and will support General Motors’ plan to have 20 electric cars with rapid charging capability for sale by 2023. It is being assisted by the US Department of Energy, says Jalopnik.
The new charging system will deliver 400 kW of electricity with 96.5% efficiency — the highest number of any charging system. Such high efficiency will be made possible by using solid-state transformers — an industry first.
“We’re thrilled to lead such an important project and have a stellar team of researchers and partners in place that are more than ready to take on the challenge of setting a new standard for EV fast charging,” President of Delta Americas, M.S. Huang, tells The Drive.
High efficiency will become critically important to the electric car revolution as it moves forward, helping to lower the strain on local utilities as more and more chargers get added. Extremely fast charging will also be a boon to urban residents who do not have access to a charger in their apartment or condominium buildings.
Instead of waiting for hours to charge at a public charging location, they will be able to top up their batteries in about the same time it takes to pump a tankful of gasoline. Since the average American drives less than 30 miles a day, one trip to a high power charger could provide enough power for a week’s worth of driving in just 10 minutes.
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