Volvo Car Corporation has partnered with Ericsson, utility firm Göteborg Energi and the Viktoria Institute for the research project ELVIIS (Electric Vehicle Intelligent Infra Structure) to develop a smart on-board concept to control, measure, and pay for electricity when charging using any outlet.
Volvo is concentrating on connectivity technology that also covers smart features meant to charge electric vehicles. ELVIIS, a consortium, is embarking on this research with the involvement of several industries.
ELVIIS aims to bring mobile connectivity to electric cars. It also seeks to recognize and eliminate barriers in the use of electrical vehicles in daily life. For testing, ELVIIS used the Volvo C30 Electric.
The driver can easily access the smooth charging concept via an integrated 7-inch color touch screen. For a year of testing and evaluating, five C30 Electric cars will be used. Lennart Stegland, Vice President Electric Propulsion Systems, Volvo Car Corporation, said that its “basic view” is that whoever owns an electric vehicle shouldn’t be forced to sacrifice any aspect to be expected from a luxury car.
He added that everything is being done for the convenience of the customer in the daily use of the electric vehicle. They’re developing smart technology so that charging could be done through any outlet and payment is automatically done through the electricity bill.
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 tablet.
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 price. 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.