Say you bought this shiny electric car, and all you want to do is drive around and show it off. Who wants to wait hours and hours to power up? Aker Wade has the Fast Charging Technology, and Coulomb has the ChargePoint Network: together, they have an agreement set to launch the first charging stations for EV’s that will to bring you up to speed in less than a half hour.
According to Coulomb, these Level III charging stations will be co-developed, distributed, marketed and supported by both companies, with the first stations set to launch in the 3rd quarter of 2010 (no word yet as to where.) Designed in accordance with the TEPCO Level III specifications, these chargers will be qualified for use with a number of electric vehicle brands, including the Nissan Leaf and the Mitsubishi i-Miev.
Aker Wade Power Technologies CEO Bret Aker noted, in a statement, “Field studies in Tokyo have shown that deploying fast chargers increased vehicle usage by more than 50 percent. This was with first generation battery electric vehicles that were yet to be optimized for fast charging. With coming improvements in Li-ion technology, charge times will be reduced to as little as fifteen minutes. This is the point where consumers will abandon gasoline for electricity. This is the tipping point for electric vehicles.”