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Volvo takes innovative step in electric car development

With car manufacturers battling it out to become the biggest name in the carbon efficient vehicle market, Volvo has made a unique step towards the future of the technology.

The company has been pioneering the use of inductive charging for electric cars, and has now completed a successful study, which suggests the transfer of energy via electromagnetic fields could potentially be used in the future.

Lennart Stegland, vice president for Electric Propulsion System at Volvo Group, said the technology has "great potential". He said cordless technology is both a "comfortable and effective" way to transfer energy from a charging source to a vehicle in a safe manner.

“There is not yet any common standard for inductive charging. We will continue our research and evaluate the feasibility of the technology in our hybrid and electric car projects,” he added.

The process uses an electromagnetic field created by an induction coil in the charging source, with another similar coil featured in a portable device, which then transfers the energy back to electrical power that charges the battery. All very straight forward, isn't it?

“With inductive charging, you simply position the car over a charging device and charging starts automatically. We believe that this is one of the factors that can increase the customer’s acceptance of electrified vehicles,” Mr Stegland says.

 
 
 

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