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The dawn of a new era is upon us with electric vehicle charging and it appears that Swedish automaker Volvo wants to help streamline the recharging process for owners out in public looking for juice for their EV. The project, titled Electric Vehicle Intelligent Infra Structure (ELVIIS) is being kicked off with the help of Ericsson, Göteborg Energi, and the Viktoria Institute.
The goal of the project is to make EVs rechargeable at any outlet with the owner of the car automatically getting billed for the energy usage. Currently, the ELVIIS project will help direct owners to an outlet via GPS where they can preset charge times through their vehicle’s infotainment system or a mobile device like a smartphone. The vehicle can then communicate with the respective utility company to help minimize grid usage for lower electrical rates. Through the wonders of technology, the vehicle’s owner would then have the energy used charged on their own electrical bill.
Volvo is lending a helping hand with five C30 Electrics as demo vehicles, all of which are equipped with a new 7-inch touchscreen in the dash. The team will monitor and evaluate the project over this year and it will be interesting to see if this sort of integration makes its way to production models.
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So far, 60 stores across the country have been upgraded with Level 3 chargers, which can refill a Nissan Leaf to 80% of full capacity in just half an hour. These stores are in Chicago and Texas, but Walgreens locations in Los Angeles, Boston, Denver, New York, and Washington DC are expected to get them as well.
After Walgreens finishes installing all of their chargers, they’ll have provided the nation with a whopping 40% of public chargers—and other major businesses are expected to follow suit. It’s commendable for Walgreens to make this progress in electric infrastructure, especially if you spend that time there waiting for your Vicodin to get refilled.
[Source: Consumer Reports]