25 Feb '12, 11am

Volvo Smart Charging Enables Electricity Payment Via Any Outlet

Volvo Car Corporation's focus on connectivity technology also includes smart features for charging of electric vehicles. The company is one of the partners in the research project ELVIIS (Electric Vehicle Intelligent Infra Structure) that develops a smart on-board concept for controlling, measuring and paying for electricity when charging via any outlet. ELVIIS is a consortium involving Volvo Car Corporation, Ericsson, the utility company Göteborg Energi and the Viktoria Institute. The innovative research project across several industries aims to bring mobile connectivity to electric cars - and to identify and remove barriers for using electrical vehicles in daily life. The concept works like this: The driver can choose to charge the battery pack via any ordinary power outlet. The outlet is identified via GPS. The driver pre-sets timing and charging amount on the touch scr...

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