And although in a not-too-distant future the most important challenge of motor engineering is developing more powerful batteries, around 90 kWh (500 km of autonomy), the most important challenge for the electric DeLorean to go to the end of the planet with no concern whatsoever is building different recharging infrastructures as quickly as possible.
Currently, we can find some on the island of Majorca, where just half an hour can be sufficient to charge batteries to 80% thanks to recharging point installation initiatives all over Spain such as the recent project CIRVE. KIA sources declare that: "Regarding the future of electric cars to provide an incentive to buy this kind of vehicle and eliminate possible reticence of the buyer we need continued governmental support over time, to boost installation of electric vehicle recharging infrastructures in addition to development of competitive autonomies by manufacturers".
But we will not only talk of stationary infrastructures because mobile structures will also exist. "Currently, vehicles are already being tested that will have a major transformer on board, that is a portable station where you can charge your EV whenever you need to. This vehicle will have several pumps and will be at the demand of the most requested locations that do not have a fixed electroline such as a bridge or exit. This vehicle will be at this determined point in a determined time slot waiting for cars that need its service to arrive. And like everything it will be technologically connected and the user will know there is a vehicle there with which they can recharge", Arturo explains to us.
Projects for the future of fast recharging
Nissan explains to us that “another type of charge will be the one located below the pavement, created with renewable energies. This system could be implemented in urban parking areas and will enable the vehicle whilst parked to maintain a constant charge and reduce the level of street furniture in favour of the citizen’s comfort”.
The same concept is reiterated from AEDIVE: The future will be geared towards our electric car having incorporated in the lower part a system that enables that when going through a specific location it can read this other system that will mean that your EV charges whilst driving without any contact”.
From Endesa, among other companies we are already working with charging systems for electric cars such as the inductive system and the project signed with the Centre for Investigation of Resources and Energy Consumption (CIRCE), from the University of Zaragoza, whose most important aim is to design a support system for quick recharging of the EV that optimises the use of energy, favours renewable consumption and eliminates problems that affect the electric network. Or our project for ultrafast charging for electric buses together with TMB that enables charging 80% of the bus battery in just five minutes thanks to a charger connected to a pantograph installed on the vehicle’s roof. In fact, if we pay attention we can already see similar systems in the Community of Madrid that charge the vehicle during waiting times. Whereby, this future electric car is already a reality that is increasingly closer.
Are you surprised? Then wait for the next report because this is merely the beginning.