Lithium-ion batterymaker Ener1, Inc. has signed a memorandum of understanding with Kyushu Electric Power (KEPCO), the fourth-largest publicly traded power and utility company in Japan on working together to create and manufacture rapid recharging systems for electric vehicles.
KEPCO has already developed advanced rapid charging stands and plans to customize that solution with the EnerDel High Energy Pack System. KEPCO says that its next-generation electric vehicle rapid charging station has exhibited one of the highest levels of performance for rapid charging in Japan.
The target date to have the first integrated systems available is by March, 2009. The relationship will accelerate the development and diffusion of charging systems to match the anticipated growth in electric vehicles.
The ability to rapidly recharge lithium-ion batteries will be crucial in enabling the widespread adoption of the electric vehicle, according to the partners, and it is anticipated that these systems will allow customers to recharge up to 80% of their vehicle’s battery capacity in less than 20 minutes.