Report: NASA EV Cable Tech Could Charge EVs in 5 minutes

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Researchers have found that NASA technology developed for use on the International Space Station can be used to charge electric vehicles at a much faster rate than is currently possible. According to NASA, the complex cooling technique, which has been developed to help certain electrical systems in space to maintain proper temperatures, can deliver five times the other EV chargers present in the market.

Higher electrical currents produce more heat, which means more current flowing, and a higher likelihood of components overheating. Complex heat transfer system of NASA, can cool cables carrying high charges, potentially allowing for a faster electricity flow without the risk of components overheating.

According to NASA, the system has been developed to help deliver nuclear fission power systems for missions to Mars, Moon, and beyond, with vapour compression heat pumps to support the habitats, and also systems to provide thermal control and advanced life support onboard spacecraft.

NASA claims that application of this new technology resulted in an unprecedented decrease in the time required to charge a vehicle and might remove one of the main barriers to worldwide adoption of electric vehicles. The government of the United States is increasing investment in electric car charging to meet its target of installing 500,000 EV chargers across the US by 2030.

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