21/05/2022

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Volvo will start testing wireless charging with XC40 taxis

Volvo declared it will begin testing wireless charging systems with its Volvo XC40 Recharge electric powered SUVs. It really is performing so by developing a smaller fleet of XC40 Recharge taxis for Cabonline, the premier taxi procedure in the Nordic nations.

The tests in Volvo’s hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden, will very last for a few several years, and Volvo notes that the driving situations will involve 12 hrs a day of driving with vehicles racking up 100,000 kilometers (about 62,000 miles) for each year.

The charging stations appear from American company Momentum Dynamics. They are embedded into the pavement of the Volvos’ parking spaces and begin charging quickly when parked properly (which is aided by the on-board surround-check out camera). The charging speed is 40-kW, which is near to the utmost charging velocity of quite a few electric cars’ on-board chargers when related to a DC station. Curiously, Momentum Dynamics lists programs capable of charging speeds as high as 450 kW on its web-site.

Volvo did not make any announcements with regards to upcoming availability of wi-fi charging. We would picture the final results of this testing will affect irrespective of whether the firm intends to make it a manufacturing unit providing.

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