BMW and Porsche Announce an EV Charger That Gives 100 Kilometers of Range in 3 Minutes

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That lightning-bolt of a charger needs cooling for the cable and the battery

A consortium including BMW and Porsche has unveiled a fast charger that can deliver enough juice to an electric car’s batteries in 3 minutes for it to travel 100 kilometers. The new charger can put the batteries’ state of charge above 80 percent in 15 minutes—half the time that Tesla’s vaunted supercharger needs.

The charger’s 450 kilowatts would fry anything but a specially modified car: Both the batteries and the charging cables themselves need to be cooled. That’s why the first station, which has just been opened to the public in the state of Bavaria,

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