The technology could arrive in 2022.
Honda is on the brink of a battery breakthrough, according to Japanese media outlets. The company's engineers are developing next-generation technology that gives electric vehicles 150 miles of range in just 15 minutes.
Details, like much else, are few and far between. Japanese newspaper Nikkei reports the ultra-fast re-charging time is made possible by new batteries designed entirely in-house. They'll be produced by Honda, too.
Insiders suggest the technology will be ready in about 2022. At that point, Honda will have already embarked on an electric car offensive set to start in 2019 when it introduces the production version of the Urban EV concept (pictured) unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Whether we'll see it in America is up in the air at this point. It will be tiny, even smaller than the Fit, and that might not fly in a market like ours.
French website LeBlogAuto points out bringing quick-charging technology to the market doesn't guarantee your future EV will benefit from it in any way. Obtaining 150 miles of range in 15 minutes won't be possible without the widespread adoption of 350-kilowatt charging stations, which are few and far between today. Government officials in Europe, the United States, and Asia are working with companies from the private sector to build thousands of high-capacity chargers before the next wave of electric cars hits the market.
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