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Volvo cuts C30 Electric time to 1.5 hours

The model is now being fitted with a new 22 kW fast-charger that is the first to operate on a three-phase supply and be small enough to be fitted in an electric car.

Using a three-phase outlet, a charge takes 1.5 hours (total range 164 km according to NEDC certification driving cycle). While an ordinary single-phase 230 V household outlet takes 8-10 hours, depending on the available current.

‘We're proud to have developed this unique solution. By offering more usable hours a day, we've taken an important step towards making electric cars more viable as a commercial proposition, in both the private and public sectors,’ said Lennart Stegland, vice president electric propulsion systems, Volvo Car Group.

‘Adding the innovative fast charging solution will radically improve the time and mileage for the daily usage of the car. This will drastically improve the cost of ownership since the customer will now be able to drive many low cost kilometres per day. Even a quick 10-minute plug-in adds power for another 20 kilometres of driving,’ added Stegland,

The vehicle is not currently being made available in the UK but will be evaluated by European leasing customers from this summer.

‘Our aim is to be first with the latest technology within electrification. The new C30 Electric fleet will give us continuous feedback on technology and functionality as we approach a future series production,’ concluded Stegland.

Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.

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