Η Volvo ανακοίνωσε ότι ετοιμάζει έναν προηγμένο ταχυφορτιστή, με τον οποίο υπόσχεται να κάνει τη χρήση ηλεκτρικών αυτοκινήτων πιο εύκολη, αφού ο φορτιστής θα γεμίζει πλήρως τις μπαταρίες ενός C30 Electric μέσα σε λιγότερο από 1,30 ώρα, ενώ θα φορτίζει τις μπαταρίες να έχουνε αυτονομία 80 χλμ μέσα σε μόλις 30 λεπτά.

Είναι ο πρώτος τριφασικός on-board φορτιστής και ως μέτρο σύγκρισης θα σου πω ότι ένας απλός φορτιστής θα χρειαζόταν 8 με 10 ώρες για μια πλήρη φόρτιση.

Παράλληλα η Volvo ανακοίνωσε ότι τον Οκτώβριο πούλησε 34.843 αυτοκίνητα (-1,8%) ενώ από την αρχή του έτους έχει πουλήσει 347.532 αυτοκίνητα. Περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες μπορείς να βρεις στο δελτίο τύπου που ακολουθεί.

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Volvo Car Corporation cuts electric car recharging time to 1.5 hours

Volvo Car Corporation is testing a new fast-charger for electric cars that cuts recharging time to an outstanding 1.5 hours. The fast-charger operates six times faster than today’s on-board devices.

“We know that short recharging times and extensive operating range are a necessity for potential electric car consumers. The fast-charging unit helps cure what is known as ‘range anxiety’ since the car can be more easily recharged during the day. And even if you don’t have enough time for a 1.5-hour charge, plugging in for just 30 minutes will give you enough power for another 80 kilometres of driving,” says Lennart Stegland, Vice President Electric Propulsion Systems, Volvo Car Corporation.

Worlds first three-phase on-board charger

The new charger will be installed and evaluated in a number of Volvo C30 Electric cars. The new 22 kW fast-charger is the world’s first charger that operates on a three-phase supply and is small enough to be fitted in an electric car.  It offers the car owner two possibilities:

  • Using a three-phase outlet with 32A gives an 80 km range in 30 minutes. A full charge takes 1.5 hours.
  • Plugging into an ordinary single-phase 230 V household outlet gives a charging time of 8-10 hours, depending on the available current.

“The user can ‘top up’ the battery pack with electricity one or more times during the day. This means that the total daily range is significantly extended, yet with the same low operating cost compared to a car with a conventional power train,” says Lennart Stegland. “Giving customers more usable hours each day means that electric cars become more viable as a commercial proposition, in both the private and public sectors.”

Volvo Car Group announces October retail sales

 Volvo Car Group reports global retail sales of 34,843 cars for the month of October, representing a 1.8 per cent decrease versus the same month in 2011. Year-to-date, the company has sold 347,532 cars worldwide, down 5.9 per cent versus 2011.

Retail sales status (deliveries to end customers) for Volvo Car Group is as follows:

October

January – October

2011

2012

Change

2011

2012

Change

China

3 837

3 389

-11,7%

36 793

34 094

-7,3%

USA

4 902

4 196

-14,4%

57 085

55 784

-2,3%

EU20*

20 546

21 326

3,8%

210 754

188 389

-10,6%

 of which Sweden

5 505

5 508

0,1%

48 163

41 520

-13,8%

Rest of World

6 204

5 932

-4,4%

64 722

69 265

7,0%

TOTAL

35 489

34 843

-1,8%

369 354

347 532

-5,9%

The all-new Volvo V40 has been well received in European markets and in October alone, 6,228 V40 cars were delivered to customers. Year-to-date, 12,097 V40 cars have been sold.

The Volvo XC60 is the best selling model so far this year with 86,551 cars (2011: 78,969), followed by the Volvo S60 which reached 53,565 cars (56,255) and the Volvo V60 where sales amounted to 42,884 cars (40,716).

*EU20 includes Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Belgium/Luxemburg, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal, UK, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic