Charging electric vehicles just got faster and easier. Engineer Kanno Tomio and his teamv in Tochigi, Japan patented and demonstrated a new, ultra-fast charging system. The system was able to fully charge the Nissan LEAF’s battery pack in under 5-minutes.
Tomi and his team were able to quickly transfer the electricity required to charge the LEAF by making use of capacitors. These capacitors could power up their own charge over time, while still releasing huge amounts of energy instantly.
One great aspect of Tomi’s capacitor-based charging stations is that they can also be set-up to collect their reserves of power during off-peak times. The charging stations can also be fueled by Japan’s existing energy infrastructure without needing any special connections installed.
Tomi and his team expect to begin installing its fast chargers in homes and businesses beginning in 2012. The charging stations will be available in U.S. and European markets shortly after its Japan release. The price for these charging stations has not been revealed at this time.