Last month, Honda announced its entry into the electric vehicle battery market with a plan to deliver a 15-minute charge to a line of electric vehicles by 2022.
First reported by the Nikkei Asian Review, the plan is to produce a series of electric vehicles running 140 miles (240 km) on a single 15-minute charge using new technology capable of ultra-quick charging.
For comparative purposes, Tesla’s Supercharger network recharges up to 80 percent battery capacity in up to 40 minutes.
At the moment, Honda’s electric batteries are sourced from different vendors, including Panasonic. Now, the iconic brand has partnered with one unnamed vendor to produce a higher density (not necessarily larger) battery.
To charge 15 minutes, Honda would have to provide batteries withstanding 350 kW with an extreme heat resistance. More efficient power control systems and reduced vehicle weight will also contribute towards increased efficiency.
Honda is expected to roll out two new electric vehicles in 2018, one in China and one in Europe. Its longer-term goal is to execute its 2030 vision of electrifying two-thirds of all of its cars by 2030. In 2016, Honda established an electric vehicle division for the first time and also specified plans to produce autonomous vehicles with Level 4 classification by 2025.