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Trevor Collett | Oct, 29 2013 | 1 Comment

Volvo has stepped up its EV technology push, showcasing a new wireless charging system with a modified C30 Electric hatch this week.

This latest project follows news earlier this month that Volvo has developed new body panel batteries designed to save space and weight.

Volvo’s Lennart Stegland said that the new wireless system promised greater safety and convenience, with the C30 Electric taking 2.5 hours to charge during the test.

“Inductive charging has great potential,” Mr Stegland said.

“Cordless technology is a comfortable and effective way to conveniently transfer energy. The study also indicates that it is safe.”

The testing also included buses, with a consortium of companies including Volvo taking part in the program in Belgium.

Mr Stegland said a barrier to implementing wireless charging technology was the lack of consistency between the different electric systems used by carmakers.

“There is not yet any common standard for inductive charging. We will continue our research and evaluate the feasibility of the technology in our hybrid and electric car projects,” Mr Stegland said.

Wireless charging usually involves an electromagnetic mat, which can transfer energy to a car’s on-board batteries without touching the vehicle.

It is hoped that wireless charging will enhance the appeal of EVs, as owners can simply park over the mat on their garage floor and walk away as the system begins charging automatically.

Volvo joins several other carmakers – including Nissan and Toyota – in developing wireless charging for the future.

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