Volvo says the industry should focus on standardised electric car charging image

As it aims to expand its plug-in hybrid lineup in the future, Volvo calls on the automotive industry to create a standardised charging infrastructure for electric cars.

Volvo believes the global automotive industry should work on a fast global standardised charging infrastructure for electric cars in order to increase the popularity of the green vehicles and to ensure that customers fully embrace the technology. To support this drive, the Swedish brand has decided to support the Charging Interface Initiative, a consortium of stakeholders that was founded to establish their Combined Charging System as the standard for charging battery-powered vehicles.

“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,” said Peter Mertens, the company’s Senior Vice President for Research & Development. “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 Combined Charging System merges single-phase with rapid three-phase charging, using alternating current at a maximum of 43 kilowatts (kW), as well as direct-current charging at a maximum of 200 kW and the future possibility of up to 350 kW – all in a single system.

Volvo aims to offer a plug-in hybrid variant on every new model as it replaces its entire product portfolio in the coming years. It will introduce a fully electric vehicle by 2019, based on its modular SPA vehicle architecture.