Honda and Nissan are planning EVs that could significantly reduce the time required to recharge them.

In the case of Nissan, according to a Nikkei report, the second-year Leaf is planning to take advantage of higher-rate DC charging which can dump current in faster to help reduce the objection conventional-car drivers now have for the delay in getting back on the road.

As for Honda, its all-new car may not get here until 2022, but working with an as-yet un-named battery supplier, it is looking at recharge times as quick as 15 minutes.

The Nikkei says range for such a car could be 240 km (149 miles) which assuming this is the ultra-unrealistic Japanese cycle, means maybe lower 100-mile range, but the promising news is the fast recharge rate which could be applied to larger batteries too.

Present maximum charge rates are up to 150 kW. The Chevy Bolt EV, as a point of comparison, is bottlenecked to accept only a nominal 50 kW DC fast recharge rate, but in the next five years look for up to 350 kW recharging.

Other automakers as well are preparing for the faster charging.

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Japanese automakers are also at work on solid state batteries which could theoretically surpass present battery performance even more, but Honda’s report is some un-named chemistry, presumably a form of lithium-ion, as is of course Nissan’s.

By lightening the vehicle body and improving the power control electronics, the automaker slowly making its way into EVs aims to further improve range.

Because Europe is perceived as a more EV-embracing market, Honda also plans to release mass-market EVs there by 2019.

Coming back to the new Leaf, Nissan dissaponted some by holding back the battery capacity of its new Leaf to just 40 kWh for the first year, but Nikkei is reinforcing previous reports of a longer range.

In Japan, where miles are apparently shorter, the new Leaf could travel “more than 500 km [310 miles] on a single charge,” said the Nikkei.

This ought to work out to the middle 200-mile range in American-length miles under the EPA cycle when that second-year model arrives.

Nikkei