Actually, there is (maybe).
Graphite/ Graphite batteries can recharge in less than 1 min (some as little as 2 seconds) that last 7 times longer (in terms of the number of times they can be recharged) than Li-Ion.
Graphene batteries are the future. One company has developed a new battery, called Grabat, that could offer electric cars a driving range of up to 500 miles on a charge.
Graphenano, the company behind the development, says the batteries can be charged to full in just a few minutes. It can charge and discharge 33 times faster than lithium ion. Discharge is also crucial for things like cars that want vast amounts of power in order to pull away quickly.
The capacity of the 2.3V Grabat is huge with around 1000 Wh/kg which compares to lithium ion’s current 180 Wh/kg. The best part of all this is that these batteries should be ready to go by midway through 2016 [prototype with consumer-ready batteries by 2019].
Now, to be clear, I have NO idea if there is any truth to this. I personally remain EXTREMELY skeptical, but if it is true, assuming they aren’t extremely heavy or unusually dangerous. They seem a pretty viable alternative.
Here is the site: https://futurism.com/scientists-develop-better-battery-thanks-graphene/
Now, having said that, again, there are a lot of well produced, crowd-funded, solutions to everyday problems that are TOTAL FAILURES and never deliver on their promise.
Here are three classic examples of extremely well-produced advertising campaigns that are total bulls**t. Anyone with a high school science education should have been able to figure these out.
Fontus "the self-filling water bottle. Collected $60k in crowdfunding and $345k to date. Right now they are selling something that is basically a desk-sized dehumidifier you can buy an Amazon for $40 put it in a fancy package and they are charging $341.
Solar Roadways, another example of “green tech” that makes ignorant liberals desperate to make the world green, look dumb, though to be fair, some on the right have fallen for this stupid idea.
Last of the BS tech is “Water Seer”. Another “spin” (pun intended) on condensation technology.
Is this Grabat battery another example? Maybe, I haven’t looked into it. But I remain skeptical.
Having said that, there are market forces driving batteries, solar, wind, and electric cars. There aren’t any insurmountable problems so far that I’m aware of.
As far as recharging today. On a “Super Charger,” it takes about 20 minutes to get a Tesla up to 1/2 charge (150ish miles) and a little more than an hour for a full charge (280-335 depending on the car and driving conditions).
Another possibility for taking long trips is to swap your drained battery pack for a full one. The swap takes about as long as it does to fill up a 20-gallon tank (there is a youtube video of this being done). You’d be credited for your batteries and pay for the new ones plus a fee for the convenience.
Obviously, this possibility is limited by costs, but Tesla has a lot invested and would probably do everything they can to make something like that work.
Having said that, CF is right. Few people spend 3 hours in a stretch in a car, those that do will simply avoid electrics until they get better or there are methods or technology that can cut down on the time it takes to recharge. Either way, this is not an insurmountable problem.