Volvo Is Betting on This New, Faster Charging Technology

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Volvo Is Betting on This New Charging TechnologyVolvo
  • Volvo reveals investment in London-based startup Breathe Battery Technologies, which promises algorithm-enabled charging software that will be introduced in a new generation of Volvo EVs.

  • The software can speed up charging times by as much as 30%, with the software using adaptive charging in order to dynamically control the battery.

  • Several EV makers have invested in startups promising faster charging tech, as well as solid-state battery designs, all with the hope of delivering more range and faster charging times, as well as lower battery costs.

It's easy to get the impression in today's EV landscape that when it comes to charging, the power output of a given charging stall is all that matters. And even that's rarely guaranteed, as many charging stations we've been to deliver juice at a lower-than-advertised rate.


But there's more to quicker charging than just more powerful DC charging stations.

Volvo is teaming up with London-based startup Breathe Battery Technologies to get access to in its algorithm-enabled charging software, headed into the new generation of Volvo EVs.

The automaker plans to integrate the company's software into its battery management platform, to help reduce the time it takes to charge an EV from 10% to 80% state of charger by as much as 30%.

Breathe says that its software employs adaptive charging in order to dynamically control the battery, in contrast to traditional stepped charging which relies on predetermined rules.

"Using algorithms, the software manages the charging process in line with the battery's health to deliver the best driver experience while avoiding the risk of lithium plating, which can harm the battery's performance and lifespan," Volvo explains.