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Volvo Testing New Fast-Charger That Recharges Electric Cars In 90 Minutes

19 December 2013 | Automobile Magazine

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It's no secret that in addition to short driving range, electric cars often also suffer from lengthy recharging times. Now Volvo is testing a new fast-charger that the company claims is six times more powerful than conventional chargers. It can fully replenish the batteries in the company's experimental C30 electric in just 90 minutes.

The 440-volt, three-phase charger uses a 32-amp power supply to fully replenish the C30 electric's batteries in 90 minutes - and in 30 minutes, the charger can give the battery enough juice to drive about 50 miles. That's compared to a total charging time of eight to ten hours if Volvo C30 electric owners use a standard European 220-volt socket.


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