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Killer App for E.V.’s: 30-Minute Recharges

FOR electric car naysayers and doubting consumers, range anxiety is the showstopper. This notion — that buyers may shun the electric cars set to start arriving in showrooms late this year because they can drive only 75 or 100 miles before needing a recharge — is a powerful argument. Of course, range would not be an issue at all if the car’s batteries could be conveniently recharged in about the same time it takes to top off a gas tank. An ability to replenish batteries in minutes, rather than spending several hours (or overnight) within reach of an electrical outlet, could silence the debate over whether electric cars will ever become practical.