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Arizona start-up sets battery charging record

Charging an EV battery in under 13 minutes is a first in the industry

Atlis Motor Vehicles, a start-up electric pickup truck manufacturer, has completed and successfully tested its first large-scale prototype battery pack. The goal of the test was a full charge in 15 minutes, and Atlis achieved it in 12 minutes, 35 seconds.

“We have completed preliminary testing of our prototype battery pack with fast charging capabilities, and we’re proud to announce that we did better than expected. We beat our charge time by 2 minutes and 25 seconds by charging a 3 kWh pack to full in 12 minutes 35 seconds,” said CEO Mark Hanchett.

Atlis Motor Vehicles selected an EVgo Level 3 DC fast charging station in the Phoenix area as a test site.

“This was the key to proving our technology – recharge times for batteries is still one of the largest obstacles to wider adoption of electric vehicles.”

The prototype battery is a lithium-ion cell with a unique cooling system for optimum temperature management. “Properly managing cell temperatures is still overlooked by many electric vehicle manufacturers but is one of the most critical components to battery performance and longevity. Ignoring temperature management, or just providing mild surface cooling of the cells is insufficient,” CEO Mark Hanchett further explained.

The battery pack is part of Atlis’ prototype design and is capable of scaling in size to meet their customers’ performance needs. The capacity of the test pack had to be kept low to ensure enough power was available from the Level 3 DC charging station. Next steps for the prototype pack is to integrate this design concept into Atlis Motor Vehicles’ XP platform currently in development.

Atlis Motor Vehicles, found in 2016 by Mark Hanchett, is an automotive manufacturer based in Mesa, Arizona. It is focused on innovating and developing the first full-size battery-electric pickup truck for the American market with its exclusive XT platform.

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