The Nissan LEAF electric vehicle has only been around a short time, but advances in recharge times are already being made. There's fast-charge systems currently available that are able to recharge the Nissan LEAF to 80 per cent in just 30 minutes. It's not fast enough though.
Engineers at Nissan working in conjunction with researchers at Kansai University in Japan have developed a capacitor that is made from tungsten oxide and vanadium oxide. They discovered these materials not only hold more power without reducing voltage, but have the capacity to allow for faster recharges.
Some researchers have also said that using this setup, recharge times may be reduced even further, down to around the three-minute mark. This would put recharging an EV on par with refuelling a petrol vehicle, in terms of time spent doing it.
Reports says the technology won't be ready for mainstream applications until about 10 years, however, it could be something to look forward to. What do you think? Could this eliminate the common snag of owning an EV?