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We all want EVs that charge in 5 minutes, but don’t bet on it


Electric vehicles are super fast, super quiet and brilliantly futuristic. They are what MP3 is to vinyl, a much better idea for everyday.

As EV batteries and charging infrastructure improve, the reality is that it still takes many hours to fully charge an average electric car. But that seems to be changing.

Last month, news surfaced that a battery technology company had succeeded in achieving what seemed impossible – developing an EV battery capable of fully recharging in five minutes. Naturally my attention was drawn, it sounds too good to be true. I had to look deeper.

So how long will it be before we have electric vehicles that charge fully – zero to 100 percent – as fast as a gasoline car can have its tank filled? I asked an industry expert for his opinion on the situation and to find out what is going on.

Hope is near

A few weeks ago, the British newspaper The Guardian published a story that must be music to the ears of the least anxious EV driver: One company developed EV batteries that can be fully recharged in just five minutes.

[Read: How much does it cost to buy, own, and run an EV? It’s not as much as you think]

The report tells the story of Israel-based StoreDot, a battery technology company that has successfully produced EV power supplies on a scalable production line, suggesting that we are not far from the mass market of ” five-minute batteries ”.

Credit: StoreDot