Video: Was Quick-Charging Worth the Wait?

Fast-charging stations, which feature a direct-current, 480-volt charging port, were supposed to eliminate long charging times for electric vehicles. The charger is said to "fill up" an EV's battery to 80% capacity in less than 30 minutes, according to Nissan. We equipped our 2011 Nissan Leaf with a dedicated quick-charge port, but until recently we haven't had a chance to test one out. Finally, there are a few in the Chicago area, but does the dream of quick-charging hold up to our real-world tests?

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Comments 

Dan

That fellow with the quick change swap out stations idea is on to something. The car guys should get together and make a standard. Like going in for LPG for the BBQ.

Max Reid

When you goto lunch, leave the vehicle for charging and by the time, you are back, the vehicle will be charged.

In the future, there will be better batteries which can be charged in just 10-15 minutes.

Imagine how the LCD TV was 10 years ago.

Maat C.

Why would it be the city of Chicago's responsibility to provide charging stations? Why not get the power companies to get on the problem and leave the government out of it.

Andrew

I would have no problem plugging in my car and swiping my debit card to pay for a "fill up" just like i do now. leave it to independent companies and dont waste tax dollars on this.

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