In collaboration with selected partners, Volvo is introducing and testing new technology from charging wireless for electric cars in the city.
For a period of three years, Cabonlinethe main company of Taxi of the Nordic region, will use a small fleet of Volvo XC40 Recharge fully electric, recharging them wirelessly at the charging stations in the Swedish city of Gothenburg.
Wireless charging for Volvo electric cars
The wireless charging project for electric cars is one of the numerous interventions envisaged by the strategic initiative that goes by the name of Gothenburg Green City Zone and provides for the use of designated areas within the city as proper test benches for the development of sustainable technologies.
Overall, Volvo cars will be used for more than 12 hours a day and they will travel 100,000 km per year, which makes this experiment also the first durability test fully electric Volvos under commercial use conditions.
Wireless charging for electric cars how it works
The charging stations used for the test are provided by Momentum Dynamicsa leading operator in the sector of wireless electric charging systems.
Charging begins automatically when a compatible vehicle parks on top of one charging platform recessed into the road surface, which allows drivers to comfortably recharge without having to get out of the car.
The charging station transfers the energy through the charging platform, which is detected by a receiver unit in the car. To make it easier to align the car with the charging plate, Volvo Cars will use its 360 degree camera system.
For fully electric drive XC40 Recharge cars, the wireless charging power will be higher than 40 kWguaranteeing a recharge time four times higher to that of a wired charger from 11 kW AC and almost equal to that of a wired quick charger from 50 kW CC.
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