This gas station will charge your batteries faster than any Tesla Supercharger
But is it fast enough to change your mind about going electric?
It's the killer argument of every combustion engine fan (including me): if the fuel stop takes longer than fifteen minutes, I will not go electric. But to be fair, one has to acknowledge the industry's efforts to convince us otherwise.
And the German BP subsidiary Aral is taking a big step in this direction in 2020. In Wuppertal, the electric runabout can now be "refuelled" at one of four 300 kilowatt charging points. It is the first in-house solution of its kind.
So far, however, only the "weaker" version of the charging stations known as "Aral Pulse" has been connected to the grid. Aral is planning 100 charging points with up to 350kW at 25 locations across Germany by January 2021. By comparison, the celebrated Tesla Supercharger, even in its latest version 3, only delivers a maximum of 250 kilowatts of power.
Equipped vehicles can now "refuel" up to 350 kilometres of electric range in 10 minutes. And that is currently the crux of the matter: hardly any electric car is currently designed for such charging capacities. And that's a good thing! Because this is the first time that electric infrastructure has managed to get a head start on series-production vehicle technology.
Porsche's marketing sensation Taycan was always advertised as being capable of charging with up to 350 kilowatts, but Porsche initially backed out shortly before the market launch. Now that a corresponding infrastructure is ready, however, the Stuttgart-based brand no longer has any excuses to fulfil their promise as quickly as possible.
Are 10 minutes still too long? What do you think?