Filling that EV tank
Volvo is plugging into electric with a stake in EV charging company FreeWire Technologies. The US-based tech firm specialises in fast-charging technology for electric cars via both stationary and mobile charging
Every new Volvo car launched from 2019 will be electrified, with the company aiming for fully electric cars to account for half of its global sales in 2025.
“Volvo Cars’ future is electric, as reflected by our industry-leading commitment to electrify our entire product range,” said Zaki Fasihuddin, CEO of the Volvo Cars Tech Fund. “To support wider consumer adoption of electric cars, society needs to make charging an electric car as simple as filling up your tank.”
Freewire maintains that installing traditional fixed fast-charging stations is a cost- and labour-intensive process requiring electrical upgrades to support the connection between charging stations and the main electrical grid. The company’s charging stations use low-voltage power, allowing operators to utilise existing outlets.
FreeWire also delivers an end-to-end service for EV charging at the workplace. Drivers can park in any spot without needing to rotate later in the day as the company takes care of the charging.
Renault last month turned Brittany’s Belle-Île-en-Mer into a smart island, rolling out the FlexMobîle smart electric ecosystem to reduce the location’s carbon footprint and boost its energy independence. The initiative also includes a carsharing service featuring a fleet of electric cars.