The Volvo C30 Electric now boasts a new feature: A 1.5 hour charging time, a result of the partnership between Volvo Cars and Siemens.
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). However, an ordinary single-phase 230 V household outlet will take up to 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,” says Lennart Stegland, Vice President Electric Propulsion Systems, Volvo Car Group.
Using a new Siemens motor with a peak power output of 120 hp and a torque of 250 Nm, the C30 Electric is able to accelerate from zero to 70kph 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,” added Lennart Stegland.
Volvo has also hinted that it is possible to include this new charging solution into upcoming electric vehicles. Beginning in the summer 2013, European leasing customers outside the UK, will drive and evaluate the upgraded demo fleet of 100 Volvo C30 fully electric cars. Now the question is, will this make electric cars more appealing to you? Comment!