The viability of electric vehicles depends in part on one manufacturing plant in eastern Australia, where gleaming white cabinets the size of large refrigerators are loaded on shipping crates. They’re among the most advanced car chargers available, promising to deliver a full tank of juice in minutes.

Automakers and energy companies are spearheading the global rollout of these ultrafast charging pumps to lure consumers away from gas guzzlers and toward vehicles powered by electricity. Thousands of souped-up stations are being installed along highways from China to Germany and the U.S., with the capacity to charge enough for 20 miles (32 kilometers) of driving range in one minute.

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