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. 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.
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.