Charging electric cars can possibly be as fast as refueling

Ford has just taken the first steps in the development of a new charging cable, which with a unique charging technology will help to ensure significantly faster charging of electric cars than we are used to today.

Ford is developing the patented charging cable in collaboration with the American University, Purdue University.

Ford has invested in the development of the special cable as part of Ford’s ambition to be a leader in car electrification.

– Today, the chargers for electric cars are limited by how fast an electric car’s battery can be charged, taking into account the risk of overheating of the battery. Charging faster than today requires more power, which means that a larger amount of heat must be transported away for the cable to work *, says Michael Degner, senior technical leader, Ford Research and Advanched Engineering.

Researchers from Purdue University are therefore working on a unique charging technology, where the heat from the faster charging is not an obstacle to how efficiently an electric car can be charged. Today, charging cables use liquid as an active coolant, which helps to cool the cables, but with new methods, instead of liquid, steam will be used.

With this innovative charging technology, Ford hopes in the future to be able to charge with such large amounts of power that customers will experience a significantly faster charging of their cars. If other technologies for charging electric cars are developed in parallel with Ford’s initiative, it is not inconceivable that one day charging an electric car will be as fast as refueling a car at a conventional petrol station.

– The charging time for electric cars can vary greatly – everything from charging at a fast charging station like IONITY to charging via the customer’s own home charging box. This difference can contribute to an uncertainty among customers who are considering buying an electric car, says Isaam Mudawar, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University.

In this connection, Isaam Mudawar emphasizes that he and the university’s researchers have developed a method that cannot be influenced by heat in the same way as today’s charging possibilities. For the past 37 years, he has worked with a focus on just overheated electronics, and on how to actively use steam instead of liquid to lower the temperature.

Charging electric cars can possibly be as fast as refueling carsFord has committed to making the transition to electrification easy. We are therefore pleased with our close alliance and collaboration with the research team from Purdue University, which with the development of the new charging cable helps to make electric cars even more attractive and accessible, says Degner.

Purdue University will start testing the new cable within the next two years. You can hear Professor Isaam Mudawar talk more about the development of the new cable in the video below.

– Ford has since the time of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison been involved in research regarding electric cars and associated batteries. We have since secured more than 2,500 US patents in the field, while we have another 4,000 pending patents. Professor Mudawar and his students are the perfect team to assist us with research into the possibilities of the future in charging electric cars, says Ted Miller, Manager of Electrification Subsystems and Power Supply Research.

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