MIT electric car charges in 10 minutes

Those ambitious eggheads at MIT are at it again, this time on their way to developing breakthrough technology that will let you charge up your electric car in 10 minutes. This is not some slowpoke jalopy they are creating, either — this one will be able to zip up to 100 mph, go 0 to 60 in 9 seconds, and will have a range of around 200 miles on a charge. All that electro-tech will be shoehorned into a 2010 Mercury Milan like you see pictured above.

Imagine that. Charging up your car in 10 minutes is not that much longer than a quick fill up of regular old gasoline. That sure beats the team's previous attempt, an eight-hour charge using a 220-volt outlet. The catch here: that quick charge needs 350 kW of power, enough to bring residential power systems to their knees. Charging stations capable of 356 Volts and 1000 amps would need to be built along highways to make this work.

Another sticking point: the 7905-battery array costs $80,000. The team hopes economies of scale might bring that price down to more-reasonable levels. Look for the project to be complete by the third quarter of 2010. Check up on the team's progress on this video:

Via PC World