One of the drawbacks of electric vehicles (EV) is that it can take up to 8 hours to fully charge their lithium-ion batteries.

Swiss researchers, however, say that by increasing the electrical charge, EVs can potentially be fully charged in about 15 minutes.

In a paper published today, researchers from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EFPL) (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne) said an EV charging station with 4.5 megawatts (MV) of power could charge a vehicle in 15 minutes.

electric vehicle battery charging EFPL

Unfortunately, 4.5MW is the power equivalent of 4,500 washing machines. “This would bring down the power grid,” the researchers stated.

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