Porsche and BMW beats Tesla to 3-Minute Charging

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  1. Tye

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    Via Bloomberg:

    BMW AG and Porsche unveiled a charging station that can jolt electric vehicles with enough power to drive 100 kilometers (62 miles) in less than three minutes, pushing ahead of Tesla Inc. in the race to make battery-powered cars more convenient.

    The ultra-fast prototype charger has capacity of 450 kilowatts, more than triple Tesla’s Superchargers. Test vehicles developed to take that much power were recharged to 80 percent capacity in 15 minutes. Tesla’s stations need about 30 minutes for a similar charge, according to its website.

    Carmakers, developing a wave of electric models to keep up with tightening carbon emissions regulation, are under pressure to overcome consumer turnoffs like slow charging times and patchy infrastructure. With demand remaining tepid, BMW, Daimler AG and Porsche parent Volkswagen AG are also building a fast-charging network along major highways in Europe.

    The super-powered charging point was developed by a consortium comprising the two German car brands, engineering giant Siemens AG and charging specialists Allego GmbH and Phoenix Contact E-Mobility GmbH, the station in Bavaria was opened to the public on Wednesday. It’s free to use for existing models, BMW said Thursday in a statement.

    One drawback -- the charger offers more power than current models can take on. The BMW i3 limits its power intake to 50 kilowatts, while the battery-powered iX3 will triple that to 150 kilowatts when it rolls out in 2020.

    For the test vehicles to withstand the full electricity surge, Porsche used a cooling system that keeps battery cells at a steady temperature, while the charging cables were cooled too. Siemens provided a higher electric voltage energy supply to test the limits of the power jolt.


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  2. felixtb

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    this is all great. It really will be! However, they are going down same road that TESLA often has to the detriment of their customers......... over-promising under-delivering........ its the famous 800V system and it will be great but until these chargers are wide spread and can be used by a substantial amount of the existing car park it’s all a pipe dream......... to confirm this, in this article they say the 2020 iX3 will not be able to use it. The only one will be the Taycan, maybe. and then only at select porsche dealers according to porsche.......... at least for the foreseeable future....... so let’s hope that they develop a good solid public network with good solid current capacities as they have promised with the IONITY network. Also here in Europe Tesla is going CCS and this will obviously open up their supercharger network to all other CCS-standards users, so off the bat there will be a great network across the continent.
     
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    Totally agree! The success and adoption rate of EVs in general will really mostly rely on charging infrastructure (spread and speed). The more people that can charge conveniently and quickly the faster adoption we'll see. Price of course is the other factor, but that's for another discussion :)
     
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    I'm hoping that, by some weird twist of reasoning, gas stations will start incorporating EV stations...
     
  5. M.K.

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    Good luck ;) That's like hoping the Saudis start promoting the use of EVs over gas powered cars :eek:
     

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