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 screen or remotely via a smart phone or
- Using the mobile network, the car
communicates with the grid and sets the charging scheme in order to
support optimal utilisation of the grid and most favourable energy
- Any unintended interruption of
charging process is directly reported to the driver's mobile phone.
- The system directs the cost for
each charge to the car owner's personal utility bill.
Electric drive without
The Volvo C30 Electric has been used as
a test car in the project. Equipped with an integrated 7-inch colour
touch screen, it makes the smooth charging concept available at the
driver's fingertip. Five C30 Electric cars will now be used for testing
and evaluating the technology during a year.
"Our basic view is that the owner of an
electric vehicle shouldn't have to sacrifice any of the properties he or
she expects from a luxury car," says Lennart Stegland, Vice President
Electric Propulsion Systems, Volvo Car Corporation. "This smart
technology for charging in any outlet, and paying automatically via your
own electricity bill, is an excellent example of how we do everything to
make the daily use easier for the customer."
The concept is developed on a generic
communication platform to make the technology globally applicable.
Totally in control, totally
The ELVIIS technology is fully in line
with Volvo Car Corporation's development of Sensus technology, which
makes the driver feel totally in control and totally connected.
"Sensus is the interface that promotes
intuitive communication with the car, connecting it to the driver's
digital world. We will continue to extend the offer of intelligent
content that provides easy access to support, information and
entertainment," says Lennart Stegland.