Electric cars have been plagued by limited range and long recharging times, but Volvo is looking to change that by developing an advanced rapid charger.

Electric cars have been plagued by limited range and long recharging times, but Volvo is looking to change that by developing an advanced rapid charger.

The Swedish company says their system is the world's first three-phase on-board charger. That doesn't sound terribly exciting, but Volvo says it operates six times faster than today's on-board devices. This enables the charger to give the C30 Electric an 80 km (49.8 mile) range in 30 minutes or a full charge in just 1.5 hours. This compares to the standard 8-10 hours that it takes with a conventional single-phase 230V household outlet.

According to Volvo's Vice President of Electric Propulsion Systems, Lennart Stegland, "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."

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