Campbell, California – A new series of charging stations capable of replenishing battery electric vehicles in less than an hour are planned for worldwide deployment, and are qualified for use with several models, including the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-Miev.

Coulomb Technologies and Aker Wade Power Technologies have announced an agreement to deploy Level III networked fast charging stations for electric vehicles worldwide. The stations will be co-developed, distributed, marketed and supported by both companies.

“Field studies in Tokyo have shown that deploying fast chargers increase vehicle usage by more than 50 per cent,” said Bret Aker, CEO of Aker Wade Power Technologies. “And this is with first-generation battery electric vehicles that were yet to be optimized for fast charging. With coming improvements in Li-ion technology, charge times will be reduced to as little as fifteen minutes. This is the point where consumers will abandon gasoline for electricity. This is the tipping point for electric vehicles.”

The new Level III networked fast charge systems will include an integrated billing system, remote station management and the ability to find available stations online.

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