The new fast-charger will be evaluated in C30 Electric
Volvo Car Corporation announced its testing of a new fast-charger for electric cars that operates six times faster than today's on-board
devices, cutting recharging time to
1.5 hours when used with 400 Volt three-phase outlet with
32A, or 8 to 10 hours with
an ordinary single-phase 230 V household outlet.
Volvo says that the new 22 kW fast-charger will be installed and evaluated in
several Volvo C30 Electric cars.
Swedish premium car brand explains
that the new 22 kW fast-charger is
the world’s first charger that operates on
three-phase supplies and is, in the same time, small
enough to be fitted in an electric car, offering the
driver two possibilities:
- Using a 400 Volt three-phase outlet with
32A gives an 80 km (50 miles) range in half an hour,
or a full charge in an hour and a half,
an ordinary single-phase 230 V household outlet, the
full charging time is 8 to 10 hours, depending on the available current.
Lennart Stegland, Vice President Electric Propulsion
Systems at Volvo Car Corporation says that the fast-charging unit helps cure what is known as ‘range anxiety', since the car can be more easily recharged during the
day, as the user can 'top up' the battery pack with electricity one or more times during the
day, extending the total daily range significantly, with the same low operating cost compared to a car with a conventional power
adds that this can make electric cars more viable as a commercial proposition, in both the private and public