Ford develops high-performance fast charging cables

Ford develops high-performance fast charging cables-fast

Engineers from Ford Motor Company and researchers from Purdue University in West Lafayette (US state of Indiana) have applied for a patent for a process in which the heat generated when large amounts of current flow through a charging cable is dissipated using a special coolant. The highlight: The liquid evaporates and in this way dissipates a large part of the heat. The bottom line is that the charging cable should be much more powerful than current products. In the future, charging an appropriately equipped electric car could take just a few minutes with such a cable – no longer than refueling at a conventional petrol pump.

“So far, charging stations have been limited in their performance due to the risk of overheating. However, to be able to charge an electric car’s battery faster, more current must flow through the cable,” said Michael Degner, senior technical leader, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering. “This also increases the amount of heat that has to be dissipated to ensure the safety and proper functioning of the cable.”.

Issam Mudawar, a professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University, explains: “EV charging times can vary widely, from 20 minutes at a fast charging station to several hours at household outlets.”. Potential customers who are considering buying an electric car are unsettled for this reason and sometimes postpone the purchase of an electric vehicle. Mudawar says it intends to begin extensive testing of a prototype charging cable over the next two years. However, Ford has already made it clear that the fast charging cable will not be ready for the market in the near future.

The cooperation between Ford and Purdue University is part of numerous strategic alliances that the company maintains with university professors and university institutes around the world. Giving graduate students the opportunity to work on real-life challenges with a high level of practical relevance helps them develop their skills. In addition, young students are motivated to possibly start their professional career at Ford in order to develop their creativity in the field of electromobility.

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3 thoughts on “Ford develops high-performance fast charging cables”

  1. “EV charging times can vary widely – from 20 minutes at a fast charging station to several hours at household sockets”.
    Sounds like TV shop talk. What does this wisdom have to do with the heating of the cables?
    This is more about pushing the 20 minute charge down to 15 or 10. A household outlet will not output more power even with a steam-cooled cord.

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