Is A Major Hurdle For Electric Car Use About To Be Jumped With Truly Rapid Charging?

StoreDot, with help from its partner oil giant British Petroleum, says it is developing battery technology which will allow a full recharge in 5 minutes, just like internal combustion engined car drivers’ can.

But before you get too excited and rush to your nearest electric car dealer to plonk down your hard-earned, bear in mind StoreDot has only proven the principle on a little electric scooter and has yet to transfer it to a regular car. If electric cars are going to be able fast charge on mass, that means huge investments in the charging infrastructure, and not least, the power of national electricity grids to satisfy this demand without crashing the network. There will also be the suspicion that constant fast charging might do damage to a very expensive battery, shortening its life in an unpredictable way.