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BMW and Porsche unveil three-minute charging

BMW AG and Porsche recently introduced a charging station that can revive electric vehicles with enough power to drive 62 miles (100 kilometers) in less than three minutes.

According to Bloomberg, this pushes the European car makers ahead of Tesla in the electric-vehicle charging race. The prototype charger from BMW AG and Porsche has a capacity of 450 kilowatts, more than triple the output of Tesla’s Superchargers. Test vehicles developed to take that much power were reportedly charged to 80 percent capacity in 15 minutes. Tesla’s model 3 recharges in 30 minutes, according to the company’s website.

The charging system was developed by a joint effort between the two German car brands, Siemens AG and charging specialists Allego GmbH and Phoenix Contact E-Mobility GmbH. The first station in Bavaria was opened to the public earlier this month.

The biggest drawback with the prototype charger is that it puts out more power than current models can take on. The BMW i3 limits its power intake to 50 kilowatts, while the iX3 will triple that to 150 kw when it hits the road in 2020. In the marine industry, Torqeedo uses a marinized version of the i3, but has not worked with the prototype new unit yet.

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