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Sharing Your Route in Advance Could Cut Electric Car Charging Queue

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Charging an electric vehicle.

A computer model uses information about electric vehicles' planned journeys to reduce wait times for charging electric cars.

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Researchers at Germany's Paderborn University and the Berlin Institute of Technology have developed a computer model that could reduce wait times for charging electric cars by using information about each vehicle’s planned journey.

A simulation of 5,000 electric vehicles traveling 500 kilometers in one day on Germany's roads showed that drivers would have to wait more than six hours on average to charge their vehicles.

The researchers created a central database to which drivers could upload their planned routes and charging stops; an algorithm there takes into account the most efficient routes between charging stations, and processes the information from all drivers to calculate optimal routes.

When using the central database and algorithm in the same simulation, average wait time to charge a vehicle dropped to 11 minutes.

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