April 23, 2013

World's first solution cuts charge time to 1.5 hours in the Volvo C30 Electric

The first electric cars emerging from the strategic partnership of Volvo Cars and Siemens is delivering on Volvo's commitment to electrification by enhancing acceleration and customer flexibility.

The new 22 kW fast-charger fitted to the C30 Electric is the world's first
on-board charger that operates on a three-phase supply and is small enough to be fitted in an electric car. Using a three-phase outlet, a charge takes 1.5 hours (total range 164 km according to NEDC certification driving cycle). While an ordinary single-phase 230 V household outlet takes 8-10 hours, depending on the available current.

"We're proud to have developed this unique solution. By offering more usable hours a day, we've taken an important step towards making electric cars more viable as a commercial proposition, in both the private and public sectors," said Lennart Stegland, Vice-President Electric Propulsion Systems, Volvo Car Group.

Using a new Siemens motor with a peak power output of 89 kW (120 hp) and a torque of 250 nm, the C30 Electric is able to accelerate from 0-70 kph in 5.9 seconds.

"Adding the innovative fast charging solution will radically improve the time and mileage for the daily usage of the car. This will drastically improve the cost of ownership since the customer will now be able to drive many low cost kilometres per day. Even a quick 10-minute plug-in adds power for another 20 kilometres of driving," said Lennart Stegland.


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