Google Backs Startup For ‘Fastest EV Charging In America’

Google-backed EV charging startup Gravity opened its first public charging location to provide what Green Car Reports calls  the “fastest EV charging in America.” It is in a parking garage in Manhattan, and it features 24 charging stalls capable of a peak power rate of 500 kilowatts. The power can add 200 miles of range in just five minutes or 2,400 miles across an hour of charging.

Most EVs can’t handle a 500 kW rate while charging, and EV batteries can’t go 2,400 miles on a single charge. However, as advances in EV battery technology occur – the system is waiting.  The station has on-site attendants seven days a week, a tap-and-pay interface, and an overhead charger cable setup.

So far, Tesla’s Supercharger network is the fastest and most expansive charging network. Gravity’s recent support from Google Ventures will allow the startup to expand its network as well.  

Mass EV adoption is said to be one of the most significant ways to reduce air pollution. Progress made by Gravity, Tesla, Rivian, and other companies is crucial to reducing air pollution. 

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