Volvo Developing 1.5 Hour Three-Phase Fast Charger

Volvo Fast Charger 1 photo
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While modern EVs don’t really have as many limitations as some conventional power advocates would lead you to believe, they do suffer from limited range and long recharge times. We’ve already seen that EVs can be made to go for very long distances without having to recharge, yet when they do, the bigger the battery pack, the longer the wait.
Volvlo, however, say they may have the answer with a three-phase on-board fast charger, which can give their all-electric C30 80 km-worth of range in 30 minutes, and a full charge in about one hour and thirty minutes, from a normal wall socket. This is a far cry from the six to ten hours other EVs of similar battery capacity and range take to get fully charged.

"We know that short recharging times and extensive operating range are a necessity for potential electric car consumers. The fast-charging unit helps cure what is known as ‘range anxiety' since the car can be more easily recharged during the day," said Volvo’s Vice President of Electric Propulsion Systems, Lennart Stegland.
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