While some drivers can get past the “limited range” of electric vehicles [EV], another major sticking point would be “recharge times.” Fast-charging stations, such as the Japanese standard CHAdeMO, or Tesla’s Supercharger Network, certainly make it easier to get around past the radius centered on your home charger.
Fast-charging stations can typically give an 80% charge in under thirty minutes, and a full charge in under an hour. One problem, though, fast-charging stations aren’t all over the place. Even Tesla’s Supercharger Network is only located in Californa and the New York / New Jersey area. Eventually, though, Tesla plans on having this network available all over the country as well as into Southern Canada.
CHAdeMO stations have also been growing in number, to the benefit of EV drivers with the standard, including the Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, and Scion iQ EV. As a matter of fact, at the beginning of last year, there were only 12 CHAdeMO fast-charging stations in the whole of the US, but by the end of 2012, that number had risen to 154, or over 1,200% increase.
One major installation included a series of CHAdeMO fast-charging stations, nearly 40 in total, in a network running some 1,300 miles from British Columbia, Canada, to Baja California. The West Cost Electric Highway, as its called, has these stations between 25 and 50 miles apart, and allow an EV driver to access most of Washington, Oregon, and California without getting stranded by a dead battery.