These ambitious eggheads at MIT are at it again, this time on their way to developing groundbreaking technology that will allow you to charge your electric car in 10 minutes. This is not some slowpoke jalopy they create, either – this one will be able to zip up to 100 km / h, by going from 0 to 60 in 9 seconds, and will have a range of about 200 miles on one charge . All the electro-tech will be shoehorned into a 2010 Mercury Milan like you see pictured above.
Imagine that. Charge your car for 10 minutes is not so much longer than a rapid filling of regular old gasoline. Security beats the team’s previous attempts, an eight-hour charge using a 220-volt outlet. The catch here: fast charging needs 350 kW power, enough to bring the residential power systems to their knees. Charging stations capable of 356 volts and 1000 amps should be built along highways to make this work.
Another sticking point: the 7905 battery array costs $ 80,000. The team hope of scale could bring the price down to more reasonable levels. Look for the project to be complete in the third quarter of 2010.