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Volvo C30 Electric demos wireless charging

Volvo has successfully demonstrated the working of a wireless charging for electric cars, as part of a project run in collaboration with Flanders’ More Drive knowledge centre based in Flanders, Belgium.

Using a prototype Volvo C30 Electric car, the project used inductive charging to recharge the car’s batteries in just 2.5 hours, and also tested the process of slower, more regular charging which may well be the most useful application for wireless charging.

Volvo C30 wirless charging

Instead of a cable, inductive or wireless charging uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects. An induction coil creates an alternating electromagnetic field from a charging base station. A second induction coil in the car picks up power from the electromagnetic field and converts it back into electrical energy that charges the battery. This technology is already used in electrical home appliances such as electrical toothbrushes but is not yet commercially available to charge electric cars.


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