Hybrids – Vehicles, Battery & Hydraulic Technology

Volvo XC90 Plug-in Hybrid Offers Standard Dual-Voltage Charger

May 19, 2015

Photo courtesy of AeroVironment.
Photo courtesy of AeroVironment.

AeroVironment, Inc.'s TurboCord dual-voltage (120-volt/240-volt) charger will come standard with Volvo's 2016 XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid luxury SUV, the technology company announced.

This marks the first time a plug-in hybrid manufacturer is including a Level 2-capable, 240-volt charger as part of its “standard equipment package,” according to AeroVironment.

“TurboCord is the latest in electric vehicle (EV) charging innovations,” said Ken Karklin, vice president and general manager of AeroVironment’s Efficient Energy Systems business segment. “In addition to being the smallest and only UL-listed, dual-voltage charging cordset on the market today, TurboCord’s portability and dual capability make it ideal for charging at home and anywhere else an electrical outlet is available.

The TurboCord charger is designed to allow Volvo XC90 drivers to charge at Level 1 with any standard 120-volt outlet or charge at Level 2 (about three times faster) by installing a 240-volt outlet. At 240-volt Level 2 charging, the Volvo XC90 can be fully charged in as little as 2.5 hours compared to 7 hours with a normal Level 1 cordset that comes with other EVs, AeroVironment said.

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