Volvo is collaborating with Belgian technological and development specialist Flanders’ Drive to develop inductive charging for its model line up.
Inductive charging allows electric vehicles to be recharged wirelessly. A charging plate(conductor) could be buried beneath the driveway so when the car is parked, it will charge. “The aim is naturally that it should be as convenient as possible to own and use an electric car” explains Johan Konnberg, project manager from the Special Vehicles division of Volvo Car Corporation.
Volvo is focusing on the C30 electric design, and hopes to make it as comfortable, sporty and safe as the standard car. The electric C30 will have a range of up to 150 kilometers per charge and have a top speed of 130 km/h. Volvo’s ambitious “Drive towards Zero” program has the goal of a complete range of electric and plug-in hybrid cars by 2020.
[Source: The Green Car Website]