Charging is still the primary concern of any new potential electric vehicle buyer. They want to know where they can charge the car and how long it takes. Now with the numerous charging standards and the difference between car models and battery pack sizes, it can be a difficult landscape to navigate. The bigger the battery pack, the longer it takes to charge, but at the same time, you can get an higher charging rate.
Netherlands-based charging station start-up Fastned is making the (safe) bet that battery packs will soon get bigger and, more importantly, they will be able to take higher charge rates.
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Fastned recently committed
to having all their locations ready for 300 kW charging. The company currently operates an extensive 38-station network of fast charging stations all around the Netherlands and plans on expanding.
In comparison, the highest charging rates of a production electric car is 135 kW for Tesla’s Model S. 300 kW would be a significant improvement. It could potentially add 930 miles of range per hour (1,500 km), which will give most long range electric vehicles a full charge in less than 20 minutes.
The company is citing recent announcements by Porsche and Audi about newly unveiled models capable of handling such a charge: Audi’s e-tron quattro and Porsche’s Mission E.
Fastned is term because these new concepts are not expected to hit production before 2018. In the meantime, the company recently inked a deal with Nissan to offer free charging to new LEAF owners.