Rapid Electric Car Charger Comes to Masdar City

electric car masdarThe Abu Dhabi government in cooperation with Mitsubishi industries has opened the region’s first  rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging station.

The station is located in Masdar City and is certified to meet the Charge de Move (CHAdeMO) industry standard for rapid charging.  This standard can reduce charging time by as much as 90 percent.

Charging stations using standard electrical outlets might take up to 6 hours for a usable charge while CHAdeMO chargers can bring the battery up to 80 percent of its capacity in only 30 minutes.

The name of this standard is based on a Japanese pun, “O cha demo ikaga desu ka” meaning “Let’s have (green) tea while charging.”

Charging times of 6 hours meant practical charging had to take place at home or at the workplace.

But charging times of 30 minutes could make it practical to charge during a tea, coffee or lunch breaks.

Would anyone like to open a cafe near this charging station?

Image of yellow electric car from Shutterstock

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