How long should it take to charge an electric vehicle? At the Washington Auto Show. today, Think announced a partnership with AeroVironment to promote a fast-charging infrastructure (based on Level 3, or 440V, charging) which can power a Think City's battery pack from zero to 80 percent full in just 15 minutes. To emphasize the short time it would take to charge a Think using this method, Think CEO Richard Canny set a timer for 15 minutes during the press conference and called it a "major leap forward for electric vehicles." Think has been testing the Level 3 system (developed, in part, by Tokyo Electric Power Company, TEPCO) recently with its development vehicles and says that, "This work has confirmed the suitability of the fast-charge technology and readiness for commercialization."
Also, while we knew that EnerDel would supply the batteries for the City (full details here), Think announced today that only EnerDel packs would be used in the EV in the U.S. through 2012. Over in Europe, EnerDel will provide packs for at least 60 percent of the City EVs there. More details after the jump.