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Volvo invests in wireless EV charging

Volvo has taken part in a wireless electric vehicle charging research project which can fully charge its Volvo C30 Electric in 2.5 hours.

The project took place in Belgium and Volvo was part of a consortium of companies testing the technology, providing C30 EVs for testing.

Lennart Stegland, vice president, Electric Propulsion System at Volvo Car Group, said: “Inductive charging has great potential. Cordless technology is a comfortable and effective way to conveniently transfer energy. The study also indicates that it is safe.

“With inductive charging, you simply position the car over a charging device and charging starts automatically. We believe that this is one of the factors that can increase the customer’s acceptance of electrified vehicles.”

Volvo has already launched its V60 plug-in hybrid which is on sale in the UK now and is researching charging technology to support the launch of more EVs.

Volvo has initiated a strategic co-operation with Siemens in order to develop electrical drive technology, power electronics and charging technology as well as the integration of these systems into electric vehicles.

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