Fast Charging A Bus In 20 Seconds

This prototype system is being tried in Geneva; the following brief video explains the process.

I was interested in this technology for several reasons. The video doesn't say, but I'm wondering if this bus avoids one of the problems with electric vehicles, which is the big battery. A typical Tesla has a 75KWh battery, which can give it several hundred miles of range. But that's a lot of expense, and adds a lot of weight. It's the only way, though; most people doing distance driving are inured to stopping for a while every three hours or so anyway.

But what if you had a scenario where the electric vehicle stopped for a minute every couple of miles? Then, you wouldn't need a very big battery, and you'd save the weight and the expense and the carbon footprint.

Science fiction authors have been puzzling over electric vehicles for a long time. John Jacob Astor IV gave an intriguing look ahead at the future of electric cars in A Journey in Other Worlds (1894) by describing wonderful "electric Phaetons" that could roam everywhere. They made use of public electric car recharging stations.

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