Volvo XC90 PHEV to come with AeroVironment’s portable TurboCord charger


While some plug-in vehicle owners steer towards hard-wired wall-mounted charging stations, other drivers find that portable “trunk chargers” offer a sufficient and convenient solution.

Volvo has announced that its 2016 XC90 T8 will include AeroVironment’s portable TurboCord Dual (120 V/240 V) charger as standard equipment when the new PHEV goes on sale in the US later this year. This marks the first time a plug-in hybrid manufacturer is including a Level 2 capable, 240 V charger as part of its standard equipment package. At 240 V/16 A, the Volvo XC90 can be fully charged in as little as 2.5 hours versus 7 hours with Level 1.

VOLVO TurboCord

“Volvo Cars has made a strong, customer-focused statement about the direction EV charging is taking,” said AeroVironment VP Ken Karklin. “TurboCord delivers the power, portability and convenience that potential EV buyers have been waiting for.”

For Volvo XC90 buyers, charging their new vehicle will be as simple as taking TurboCord out of the trunk and plugging it in. “TurboCord’s portability and dual capability make it ideal for charging at home and anywhere else an electrical outlet is available,” added Karklin.


Source: AeroVironment

  • Zephyr

    This is smart. Volvo saves the R&D costs and drivers get a unit that’s smaller, lighter, and more versatile than most.

  • Audrea Coble Cook

    This is excellent news for apartment dwellers

  • EV Safe Charge

    It’s great to hear that Volvo is taking this step with AeroVironment to offer this dual 120/240 volt charger. If a consumer has access to a 240 volt outlet other appliances aren’t running on at the same time they can get the full benefit of the Level 2 charge, and if not they can still charge at the slower Level 1 rate if need be on a 120 volt outlet. The more convenient charging is the more people will embrace the amazing EVs from Volvo and the other auto companies. Go EV!

  • Michael Kamm

    I’ve had the TurboCord Dual for 1.5 years and love it. It’s so much smaller and lighter than the heavy O.E. ‘bricks’ that come with most EV’s.

  • Kjetil Kjernsmo

    Hmmm, I was searching around for what kind of onboard charger it has, and I guessed it had a 3.3 kW charger. Here in Norway, it is getting common for malls to have 7 kW AC charging points, and 22 kW chargers are also common around here. They really should get a 22 kW onboard charger, to make it possible to run some errands and get back fully electric.