Porsche & BMW Make Electric Car Chargers Faster Than Tesla’s
Tesla isn’t the only electric car manufacturer with a fast-charging unit anymore. The rest of the industry is quickly catching up. First up you have German automakers Porsche and BMW claiming to have achieved the feat of charging a car faster than what Tesla has managed.
To be precise, both the car makers have set up charging stations that can run up to 100 km with just a few minutes of charging.
A Bloomberg report states that the ultra-fast car charger, still at the prototype stage has a capacity of 450 Kw, which translates into 80 percent battery charged in just 15 minutes, while the Tesla will take half an hour to reach that level.
The latest charging point set up by one of the giants of the industry has been 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 report adds.
The first set of prototypes have been rolled out in some pockets of Germany and BMW is allowing its existing users to charge via this station free of cost.
All this sounds tempting, but the report is quick to point out one concerning part. The ultra-fast charging technology relies on more power transmitted than what the cars can handle right now. And Porsche, realised this situation, made sure that it has the necessary technology to prevent overheating or mishaps while charging the car.
After going through its share of controversy around dieselgate, Germany-based Volkswagen and its group of car brands are said to be working on setting up charging stations for electric cars across Europe in the coming years.
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Electrics cars are seen as beacons to ensure the world becomes less reliant on renewable energy. However, there are obstacles to overcome such as the kind of charging technology and availability of raw materials to support the car ecosystem.
Having said that, countries in the West and few parts of Asia are better prepared to make the transition, forcing car makers to also make the required changes in their business.