Volvo is testing and integrating new wireless charging technology for electric vehicles. The testing will occur over a 3-year period and will involve a fleet of fully electric Volvo XC40 Recharge cars that will be used as taxis and charged wirelessly at stations in Gothenburg, Sweden.
“Gothenburg Green City Zone lets us try exciting new technologies in a real environment and evaluate them over time for a potential future broader introduction,” said Mats Moberg, head of Research and Development at Volvo Cars. “Testing new charging technologies together with selected partners is a good way to evaluate alternative charging options for our future cars.”
The charging starts automatically when a compatible vehicle parks over the charging pad that’s embedded in the street. Energy is sent through the charging pad that’s picked up by the receiving unit in the vehicle. To make lining up the vehicle on the pad easier for the driver, Volvo will use its 360-degree camera system.
For the Volvo XC40 Recharge cars the wireless charging power is more than 40 kW, making it approximately four time faster than a wired 11 kW AC charger, and almost as quick as a wired 50kW DC fast charger.
The Volvo XC40 Recharge cars will be used more than 12 hours a day and driven 100,000 km (62,137 miles) annually. Volvo Cars will use it as the first durability test of fully electric vehicles in a commercial usage scenario.