In its quest to develop new ways to charge electric cars, Volvo completed a successful study on wirelessly power its C30 model through inductive charging. The study showed that the Volvo C30 electric prototype can be recharged in under 3 hours. The process uses induction coils on the vehicle and station, and sends electromagnetic waves to power the car with electricity. With inductive charging, you simply drive your car over a charging device and the charging starts automatically. The project is initiated by Flanders Drive, a knowledge center for the car industry of the Flemish region in Belgium.
Inductive EV charging fast, comfortable and safe
Volvo’s Lennart Stegland adds that “Cordless technology is a comfortable and effective way to conveniently transfer energy. The study also indicates that it is safe.” Volvo will continue its research and evaluate the feasibility of inductive technology in its hybrid and electric vehicles. The Volvo C30 electric vehicle charging project was started by a group of companies including Volvo, Bombardier, and Van Hool.
Van Hool wants to bring wireless recharging to buses
The Belgian transportation and coachbuilder van Hool is one of the partners of Volvo in the wireless charging tests. The company aims to push more electrical models to the market. It has developed a multi propulsion platform in which its new line of buses can be configured into various environmentally-friendly versions. These include hybrid systems, fuel cell hybrids and full electric buses. The results from the Volvo tests can be used to speed up the loading of its electric buses, since the Volvo study showed a decrease of about 40% in recharging time compared to wired technologies.