This gas station will charge your batteries faster than any Tesla Supercharger

But is it fast enough to change your mind about going electric?

16w ago

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?

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Comments (9)

  • Seems like an absolute win

      3 months ago
  • I am still keeping a eye on hydrogen advancements as there have been many different ways of producing hydrogen researched that don't require masses of power.

      3 months ago
  • 10 minutes beat 5 hours, but is it good for day-to-day use? If we could maybe cut down another 5 minutes or so, then it's alright.

      3 months ago
    • I agree, that would be perfect. But in my opinion, it also does raise some concern whether it is safe to operate cars using such high electric power values on a day to day basis. And if it's safe, how bis is the stress on the hardware (batteries,...

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        3 months ago
    • That's good thinking! Like it could explode under all that power! And what if clumsy people operate it? Will they get electrocuted? There are many unticked boxes to be well...ticked.

        3 months ago
  • So, all I have to do is buy an as yet unreleased & hugely expensive milkfloat, then even at this speed I can spend 5 times as long in a filling station as I do now?

    Sounds perfect!

    Seriously though, this is still utterly unacceptable.

      3 months ago
  • It would be good to sort out that Germany doesn't have greenest electricity due to closing nuclear power plants. And lot of energy is lost in the charging itself. It always quick to charge from 20% to 80%, but it takes ages to 100% then. How it is when you buy 10 years old EV. The battery itself can be charged to 100% but when you put foot down and everything will be turned off.

      3 months ago