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Honda to halve electric cars' charging time to 15 minutes

Quick-charging models with 240km range to debut in 2022

Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo presents the Japanese automaker's latest electric concept car.

TOKYO -- Honda Motor aims to roll out electric vehicles capable of 15-minute charging in 2022, cutting down one of the steepest hurdles to the expansion of battery-powered cars.

The Japanese automaker plans to release in that year a selection of fully electric cars that can run 240km on a single 15-minute charge. Most electric vehicles now available take at least twice that long to reach an 80% charge even using a high-speed charger.

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