Pretty much no one wants to wait around for their theoretical EV to charge, which is one reason why people aren't buying them in droves yet. But in the near future, charging won't take more than 10 minutes, thanks to Nissan.

Along with a Japanese university, the car company developed an EV charger that takes a fraction of the time of current chargers without compromising battery life. Right now, charging an EV generally takes about eight hours, or 48 times as long as this new charger will need.

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It's still a little bit longer than a stop at the gas station takes, but customers won't be breathing in toxic fumes. The system still needs to be commercialized, but since EV infrastructure is still relatively limited, the vast majority of it could be built out with fast-working chargers like these.

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