One of the major drawbacks of powerful electric cars is its limited range and long recharging times.Volvo has been investigating this issue and has now come up with an advanced rapid charger.
With this new charger, Volvo tries to cut that prolonged charging time to a slightly more reasonable 90 minutes. The company claims that their charging system is the world’s first three-phase on-board charger.
The new charger can operate six times faster than the ordinary on-board charger. The new charger can power an 80 km range in 30 minutes or a full charge in just 1.5 hours. Conventionally to charge a vehicle, it takes a standard 8-10 hours with a single-phase 230V household outlet. The 440-volt, charging system uses a 32-amp power supply to achieve the dramatic target. The company boasts that their charger can allow EV owners to quickly top up their batteries with electricity once or twice a day; this will give them sufficient range to get through the daily commute without a full charge. It is expected to be one of the fastest EV chargers on the market.
Nissan Leaf, one of the most popular EVs available now, takes seven to 20 hours to get charged. Volvo says it would take 10 hours to charge a C30 from a standard, 220-volt European outlet.