We all have seen electric cars on the street. They look very futuristic and demand a second glance from passers-by. And the convenience… you can drive them in the car pool lane, park and even charge it for free in some places. Great! Their price tag is still an impediment to their large adoption by consumers, though, even if incentives exist in many countries.
Another reason for their slow expansion is the rather low drive range these vehicles offer. The longest range available on the market is 300 km (a little over 186 miles) in real driving conditions. Although this would be sufficient for the usual daily commute from home to office, people have the feeling this is not enough for the few times a year they’ve got to drive 500 km (over 310 miles), like to go celebrate Grandma’s 90th birthday. Well, we don’t call that selfishness - although we think you should visit Grandma more often - we call this range anxiety, or the fear of being short of gas (or electricity in our case). So that’s 300 km you can do before you have got to spend several hours at the charging station to continue on your journey and be on time for Grandma’s cake. You’d better order a three-course meal, with a long coffee, buy some newspapers and hoover the car to occupy your time while the car is charging. Fortunately, there is a solution to reduce your entertainment bill at the service; it is Fast Charging. If we could charge our EV to full capacity in the same time as we fill our gasoline tanks, range anxiety would not be such a problem.
In this blog, we want to explore the complex problem of fast charging with Battery Design StudioTM, understand its implications and see whether there is anything that can be done to remedy this problem.