Electric vehicles are not the only latest technology happening in the automotive industry. Although most car manufacturers are shifting their focus to producing environmentally friendly cars, Volvo continues to move faster with its latest technology.
Citing Carsales Australia, Sunday (6/3/2022), this Swedish car manufacturer has launched a new feature to charge their car batteries with wireless technology. In the information, Volvo, explained that they have announced they are testing the technology with a power transfer of more than 40 kW.
In order to smooth this step, Volvo is undergoing a trial that will run for 3 years by utilizing the fully electric XC40 Recharge model. This car was used by the online taxi company, Cabonline, to determine whether a large-scale rollout of the technology was feasible.
According to Volvo, this test is also the first endurance test of their car that has carried full electricity in a scenario used for commercial needs.
So far, in order to recharge electric car batteries, owners have had to park their car and plug a cable from the battery charging station to the car. With this wireless technology, car owners only need to park the vehicle without having to connect the charging plug from the power source to the car.
The working system of wireless charging is certainly similar to that applied to smartphones. Where, the car will be equipped with components that can utilize electromagnetic induction to transfer energy from the charger from the car to wireless charging devices or vice versa.
Apart from Volvo, apparently several other automotive manufacturers such as Hyundai are also known to be developing the wireless charging system. In addition, Renault, will also conduct trials of the technology in the near future.
The charging station will also be different from charging in general. Where, Momentum Dynamics has provided hardware and software that automatically starts charging compatible vehicles while on top of the wireless device.
Regarding how long it will take to recharge the battery via a wireless system, Volvo, explains that this will take a lot faster than using a cable to charge.