• May 18th 2011 at 6:53PM
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Volvo has announced that its C30 Electric will participate in an inductive charging project called Continuous Electric Drive (CED) that is being set up by Belgian technological and automotive development specialists Flanders' Drive. Volvo will deliver a single C30 Electric to Flanders' Drive on May 19th, the official start of the project, to be modified for wireless charging.

Charging a 24 kWh battery pack as is used in the Volvo C30 Electric is expected to take approximately an hour and twenty minutes if you start with a completely discharged battery. Johan Konnberg, project manager of Volvo's special vehicles division, says that the aim of the CED project is to make it as "convenient as possible to own and use an electric car."

In inductive charging, a plate, which consists of a coil that generates a magnetic field, is buried in the ground. When a vehicle is parked above the plate, energy is transferred without physical contact to the vehicle's inductive pick-up. The energy that is transferred is alternating current (AC), which is then switched to direct current (DC) by the vehicle's built-in voltage converter, which in turn charges the battery pack.

[Source: Green Car Congress]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm suddenly a lot more interested in wireless charging after someone on here pointed out the problem with wired chargers being subject to abuse or people stealing the charging cable.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Vandalism seems entirely theoretical. Public charging stations have lingered in the corners of California parking garages for over a decade. AFAIK wireless charging hasn't begun to solve the communication issues of billing and negotiating power supply parameters, let alone standardized them. If and when it works it will happen first for vehicle fleets and maybe home charging for some luxury cars, but it's years before it'll be a public standard on passenger cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I see this as a much more acceptable charging solution for parking lots and street parking in cities. Much less equipment to fuss with and occupy valuable sidewalk real estate. Much less visual pollution as well - these would blend in fine in a historic district.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wireless charging seems cool but usually comes with a pretty significant efficiency loss. There may be instances where wireless makes sense but plugging in a cable is pretty easy.
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      • 4 Years Ago
      I like how the guy in the graphic looks like a dirty hipster.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does any EV owner actually complain about having to plug in their car? Is it that much of a hassle? The only downside is if you forget but we should have smartphone apps that notify you if your car is not plugged in before you go to bed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now if they only would "participate" in selling the C30 EV...
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is the one of the efficient and smart charging method. There r lots of benefits - 1. Contactless, so less risky 2. Space efficient 3. No theft 4. Not worry about plug in and plug out Soon began, we will be having lots of contactless charger here!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Level 2 charging has physical and electrical safety interlocks. Until the charging station and car agree what to do, no current flows. Realistically you'd have to damage the connector cover and insert a piece of metal in order to be electrocuted. I bet you a million dollars there will be fewer than 100 public wireless charging stations in Europe and the USA by 2013.
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