Sprucing up electric vehicles is not a snappy process like that of gasoline vehicles. Plugging EVs to an ordinary port could be a slow affair. Manufacturers have come up with fast charging stations, but the so called high power outlets are only a few in number and making it commercially viable would take time.
In future, EVs might only need a few minutes of charging so as to fill the whole battery. Taking several hours for charging is a lot to ask for and that fact is a major concern in hindering the world wide EV ownership expansion.
From a household single phase plug, most of today’s EVs would take at least 8 hours to reach the full level. Fast charging stations will do the job in between one or two hours and in most cases these fast charging stations can fill 80 percent of the battery pack in half an hour.
Reducing the charging time is essential for EVs, and companies are doing their own tricks to achieve this capability for their models. Volvo has upgraded it C30 to afford a full charge in just 1.5 hours.
The model fleet is fitted with new Siemens electric motor that has boosted the power to 120 HP (89 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque. The vehicle will fly from 0-70 km/h in just 5.9 seconds.
When charged from an ordinary single phase household supply C30 will take around 8-10 hours to completely charge but the uplifted model’s onboard rapid 22kW charger will only take 1.5 hours to fill from zero to full giving a total range of 164 km. Also a 10 minute charging will give the fuel to run a 20km.
The overhauled C30s will hit the roads by this 2013 summer.