We are so used to checking 0 to 100 numbers when we look at car specs, but when electric cars start penetrating the market in a bigger way, we might be looking at another kind of 0 to 100 number – 100 percent that is. How long will it take for a certain car to get a full charge on the battery?

Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV can get from 0 to 80 in just 30 minutes with a new quick charger supplied by the Tokyo Electric Power Company. The quick charger uses a 3-phase 400V input (Japan uses 110V power) and outputs a 50kW DC output. The maximum DC out is 500V and 100A. The quick charger measures about 2 meters tall by 1 meter wide and 80cm deep.

Such chargers can be implemented at highway rest stops for electric cars to do longer journeys in Malaysia. For shorter journeys, you can drive to work and back or perhaps just give your car a little charge at the office, but then of course there is the issue of our parking lots not having charging bays. Without a way to charge (as in $$$) people to charge their cars, EV charging will be centered mostly at home for quite some time.

Would you be able to accept an EV for daily use if you can charge it up to 80% capacity in half an hour? In the whole Malaysian context I feel it would be a little hard for me to accept an EV as my sole car at the moment. Even the cheapest car here in Malaysia still requires a loan of a few years to afford to buy, and an EV is just not versatile enough for me to commit a few years of car loan to buy one. Things are probably different in Europe where buying a car does not take that huge of a strain on your monthly income and you can have one city vehicle while keeping another long distance wagon or something.