Inductive charging or cordless charging uses an electromagnetic field instead of a cord to transfer energy from object to the other. An induction coil generates an alternating electromagnetic field from a charging base station - which in this case would be the source. The second induction which is fitted in the device to be charged draws power from the alternating electromagnetic field and converts it into usable electrical energy which charges the battery. “With inductive charging, you simply position the car over a charging device and charging starts automatically. We believe that this is one of the factors that can increase the customer’s acceptance of electrified vehicles,” says Lennart Stegland. The research was initiated by Flanders’ Drive, the knowledge centre of the automotive industry based in Belgium. A part of the project funding came from the Flemish government. During the study Volvo Car Group supplied a Volvo C30 Electric model with a rated output of 120 hp. “The tests demonstrated that our Volvo C30 Electric can be fully charged without a power cable in app. 2.5 hours. In parallel with this, we have also conducted research into slow and regular charging together with Inverto, which was also a partner in the project,” says Lennart Stegland. Volvo is heading towards more electrified vehicles and I am sure they will be successful enough in bringing some outstanding products.
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