Volvo has expressed its belief the automotive industry should work on a standardised charging infrastructure for electric cars.
Volvo Cars has expressed its belief the automotive industry should work on a standardized charging infrastructure for electric cars.
Volvo wants to be one of the leading hybrid and electric cars manufacturer and plans to offer a plug-in hybrid variant of every new model as it replaces its entire product portfolio in the coming years. A fully electric vehicle based on the SPA architecture is planned for a launch by 2019 and before that time the Swedish company wants to initiate a unification of the charging infrastructure around the globe.
To support this, Volvo will throw its weight behind the Charging Interface Initiative, a consortium of stakeholders that was founded to establish the so-called Combined Charging System (CCS) as the standard for charging battery-powered vehicles. Dr. Peter Mertens, the company’s senior vice president for research and development, explains that a simple, standardized, fast, and global charging infrastructure is necessary.
“We see that a shift towards fully electric cars is already underway, as battery technology improves, costs fall, and charging infrastructure is put in place,” Mertens comments. “But while we are ready from a technology perspective, the charging infrastructure is not quite there yet. To really make range anxiety a thing of the past, a globally standardised charging system is sorely needed.”
The CCS combines single-phase with rapid three-phase charging, using alternating current at a maximum of 43 kilowatts, as well as direct-current charging at a maximum of 200 kW and the future possibility of up to 350 kW. The system will be able to offer both regular and fast charging, which makes electric car ownership “increasingly practical and convenient – especially in urban environments,” according to Volvo.