Polestar Has A Prototype EV That Charges From 10-80% In Just 5 Minutes

Polestar is working with an Israeli startup called StoreDot to improve charging speeds for its vehicles. Using a prototype Polestar 5 sedan, the prototype was able to charge from 10% to 80% in just 5 minutes.

This prototype was also able to charge its battery at 310kW and a peak of up to 370kW. According to Polestar, the rise in charging output during the test is a big deal. Normally, the battery charge speed tends to drop as the unit nears capacity.

Engineers apparently didn’t need to modify the Polestar 5’s cooling system to make the charging rate possible either. Polestar has fitted the test vehicle with a 77kWh battery with a theoretical capacity of up to 100kWh. However, the unit is likely experimental, as the automaker says it’s a “specially commissioned” unit. Of course, this is all hypothetical at this point. Polestar says its possible the charging tech could make its way into future production cars- and you can bet it is trying its hardest to make that happen- but we’re doubtful this will be a feature on any Polestar 5. The automaker says its typical development cycle is three to five years, so it’ll be a while before anyone, Polestar included, is making gas-fillup-quick EV charging a reality.

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Chase Bierenkoven
Chase Bierenkoven

Chase is an automotive journalist with years of experience in the industry. He writes for outlets like Edmunds and AutoGuide, among many others. When not writing, Chase is in front of the camera over at The Overrun, his YouTube channel run alongside his friend and co-host Jobe Teehan. If he's not writing reviews of the latest in cars or producing industry coverage, Chase is at home in the driver's seat of his own (usually German) sports cars.

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