Polestar is developing 'extreme' fast charging

James Batchelor

13 Nov 2023

Charging an electric car could become a whole lot faster if you're a Polestar driver. The Swedish electric performance carmaker is developing technology to add a 100 miles of range in just five minutes.

Dubbed '100-in-5', XFC – or 'extreme fast charging' – the technology is being developed in collaboration with battery firm StoreDot. It'll give a 100-mile boost in just five minutes without degrading the life of the battery. Interestingly, Polestar says the technology will be integrated into battery packs that are 'already available' and not involve a 'battery pack design revolution'.

Polestar 5 will get the new 'extreme' charging tech

​Dr Doron Myersdorf, StoreDot CEO, said: “Polestar has been one of our key investors and collaborators as we develop our XFC technology. Next year we’ll show how a full-scale battery module developed by Polestar with this revolutionary technology can be charged. Charging anxiety will soon be a thing of the past.”

News of the partnership was revealed at Polestar Day in Los Angeles last week. At the event, the carmaker also gave a surprise reveal of its new Polestar 5. 

Due to launch in 2025, the four-door GT will use a brand new scalable aluminium platform with 800V charging. Two versions will be available – a rear-wheel drive model with 604bhp and an all-wheel drive version with twin electric motors and a whopping 874bhp. In keeping with Polestar's naming policy, the 5 will launch after the 4 and the 3 SUV – the latter has been delayed for launch until next year. 

Importantly, the Polestar 5 will use the new XFC technology and a working prototype of the 5 using XFC will be tested next year.

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