Five minutes charge enables an electric car to run for about 40 kilometers in Japan

Tokyo Electric Power Co. has installed charging devices for electric vehicles in nine basement parking lots, including those under several office buildings, in the business district near JR Tokyo Station on a trial basis. It is the first time that “battery stations” for electric vehicles have been set up in basement parking areas. The charging equipment, offers high-speed battery chargers that will enable a car to run for about 40 kilometers for every five minutes charged.

About 40 electric cars, owned by TEPCO, will be used for business use on a trial basis over the coming year, with the aim of assessing the charging equipment’s effect on the environment, and its convenience and durability. As electric cars need a large amount of power accumulated in their cells to run, the installation of charging equipment is a prerequisite for the wider use of electric vehicles.