‘The Charging Infrastructure Is Not Quite There Yet’
Volvo Cars made waves in the electric vehicles sector last week, stating its view that “the global automotive industry should strive towards the introduction of a standardized charging infrastructure for electric cars.”
The automaker is backing the Charging Interface Initiative, which it describes as “a consortium of stakeholders that was founded to establish their Combined Charging System (CCS) 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,” Volvo Cars says senior VP for R&D Peter Mertens says in a release.
“While we are ready from a technology perspective, the charging infrastructure is not quite there yet,” he said. “To really make range anxiety a thing of the past, a globally standardized charging system is sorely needed.”
Regular and Fast
The Combined Charging System will include both regular and fast-charging capabilities, and according to Volvo will amke electric car ownership increasingly practical and convenient – especially in urban environments “which are ideal” for EVs.
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 kilowatts and the future possibility of up to 350 kilowatts, all in a single system.
“The Charging Interface Initiative is currently in the process of drawing up requirements for the evolution of charging-related standards and certification for use by car makers around the globe,” Volvo says.
An All-Battery Volvo by 2019
“We are very happy to support and be involved in the setting of standards for electric vehicle charging systems. The lack of such a standard is one of the main obstacles for growing electric vehicles’ share of the market,” said Dr. Mertens.
Volvo Cars claims “a rich heritage of research and development in electric vehicles stretching back over 40 years,” and promises to offer a plug-in hybrid variant on every new model as it replaces its entire product portfolio in the coming years. The company is to introduce a fully electric vehicle by 2019.
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