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High-speed charging for electric vehicles on its way, but not quite there yet

Drivers may very well be aware of range constraints on electric vehicles like the Tesla Model S or Nissan Leaf, but the time it takes to charge might not be so clear. Depending on an outlet’s volts and amps, charging the battery on a Tesla Model S could take anywhere from five to 100 hours, which isn’t the best news for those taking a longer trip.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, December 23, 2013, 4:00 AM

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Charging electric vehicles may be as easy as plugging in, but how fast they charge is a different story.
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Charging electric vehicles may be as easy as plugging in, but how fast they charge is a different story.

It’s just like the chicken and the egg.

Electric vehicles have trouble making a dent in the automotive market because of a lack of fast charging infrastructure, while charging infrastructure has trouble taking hold due to a lack of electric vehicles on the road. And the charging infrastructure that is out there might just not be fast enough.

This is critical in vehicles that have large enough batteries for intercity travel, such as my test-drive car, the Tesla Model S 85+. The “85” in the car’s name refers to the size of its 85 kWh battery pack — nearly triple the size of the battery pack in the Nissan Leaf.
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