Consumers often fail to buy innovative products with distinct improvements over the existing ones. A perfect example is the switch from a car that drives on gasoline to a car that drives on electricity. Potential buyers question the shortcomings and overlook the advantages: What about the range? And where can I charge my car? How long will it take before I’m on the road again? Improved technologies could make a switch a lot easier.
Therefore, developments for both the electric car and the charging station are well under way. Likewise at Volvo Car Group. Volvo has been a partner in a research project that has studied the possibilities of inductive charging for electric vehicles (EV). The results show that this technology for transferring energy via an electromagnetic field has a promising future.
“Inductive charging has great potential. Cordless technology is a comfortable and effective way to conveniently transfer energy. The study also indicates that it is safe,” says Lennart Stegland, Vice President Electric Propulsion System at Volvo. He continues: “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.”
Inductive charging uses an electromagnetic field instead of a cord to transfer energy between two objects. A good example for this technology is the electric toothbrush at home that charges also without a cord. Hoe does it work for an electric car? “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,” says Lennart Stegland.
With this research and the development of inductive charging, Volvo seems to be busy with electric mobility. We agree that with these kind of developments in charging systems, consumers could overcome some anxieties for switching to an electric vehicle.