Tesla CTO hopes to reduce EV charging times to 10 minutes or less

Charging time is the bane of every EV driver; even the half-hour for a partial fuel-up at a Tesla Supercharger station can feel like an eternity next to the few minutes required for gasoline. Tesla CTO JB Straubel sees this as just a temporary obstacle, however -- he tells MIT Technology Review that his company could shrink recharge times to between "five to 10 minutes." The primary challenge is optimizing the charger's delivery rates to avoid cooking the battery, he says. While this won't happen overnight, Straubel reminds us that today's Superchargers seemed far-fetched a decade ago. We may not need those battery swapping stations for very long.