2016 Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid to Include Dual Voltage AV TurboCord

MAY 20 2015 BY JAY COLE 19

AV TurboCord

AV TurboCord

When the much anticipated 2016 Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-in finally arrives in the United States this fall (test drive events start in a couple weeks), it will come with a “free” AeroVironment TurboCord included – that is, alongside the purchase of the $68,100 SUV itself of course.

The plug-in Volvo is rated at  394 hp,  and will get about 18 miles of EPA estimated range (via a 9.2 kWh battery).

Sales are already underway in Europe, and on the NEDC scale, the XC90 T8 has been rated at just over 25 miles (40 km).

Volvo touts the fact that this is the first time an OEM has made available a portable, dual 240v/120v EVSE cord set available as standard equipment.

“Volvo Cars has made a strong, customer-focused statement about the direction EV charging is taking. Importantly, TurboCord delivers the power, portability and convenience that potential EV buyers have been waiting for.” – Ken Karklin, VP/GMof AeroVironment’s Efficient Energy Systems

TurboCord is the latest in EV charging innovations,” added Karklin. “In addition to being the smallest and only UL-listed, dual voltage (120V / 240V) 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.”

AV TurboCord Charges The Volvo Plug-In SUV In In 2.5 Hours

AV TurboCord Charges The Volvo Plug-In SUV In In 2.5 Hours

AV also notes some features of its TurboCord product:

·         Faster charging – At 240-volt Level 2 charging, the Volvo XC90 can be fully charged in as little as 2.5 hours versus 7 hours with a normal Level 1 cordset that comes with other EVs.
·         Two chargers in one – TurboCord Dual allows Volvo XC90 drivers to charge at Level 1 with any standard 120-volt outlet or charge at Level 2 (about 3 times faster) by simply installing a 240-volt outlet.
·         Reliable -TurboCord is UL listed, has state-of-the-art safety features and is rugged and waterproof (NEMA 6P), enabling users to safely and reliably charge anywhere, even outdoors.

We do have to note that the Volvo XC90 T8 will probably be a fairly hot ticket, both in the United States and around the world, as the company recently stated that it underestimated demand for the plug-in by a factor of five.

Bottom line: the Volvo is virtually sold out “well into 2016” – although a certain percentage of production is still designated to hit the US this fall, where the SUV is eligible for up to $4,600 in federal credit incentives.

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110 is ok for something like this but pure ev’s like Nissan leaf should come stock with a 220 even if it’s a 15 amp with a dryer outlet

18 EV miles. what a joke

No joke. It’s the only 7 seat PHEV on the horizon. And charging stations are starting to pop-up everywhere in my area of Colorado, so 18 miles may be more than adequate.

And Volvo has 30,000 sight-unseen pre-orders for the new XC90, with a 20% take rate for the PHEV. Volvo expected about 3% of the new XC90 would be the PHEV.

I’ve been saying for a while that these companies either need to start including a 120/240 Volt portable EVSE with the cars, or just not include a cord at all and let the buyer pick one. That could reduce the cost of the car by a few hundred dollars, which is especially important if the customer is going to buy their own 240V EVSE anyway.

i like having the 110V portable unit as a safety net.

I used to say the same thing. But after having a Leaf and Volt for 4 years I can say that we’ve never once legitimately needed to use the 120V EVSE at any point. In fact, I’ve been thinking about removing them from the cars in case somebody decides to break in to steal them.

Tesla has included a 120/240 UMC with the Model S since it was released in 2012. What is Volvo on about?

+1 They are only first if by “first” they mean “second” behind Tesla.

Doesn’t the tesla come with two cords, not a dual cord?

The Tesla Mobile Connector can take 120VAC and 240VAC. There are adapters for different outlets that indicate to the unit what the allowable amp draw is for that outlet. In USA, those adapters include NEMA 5-15, 5-20, 10-30, 14-50. NEMA 5 is 120VAC and NEMA 10 and 14 are 240VAC. The 14-30 adapter has run out of stock and they’re not making new ones. That’s a shame because it is the most common 240V socket likely to be found in or near a garage in the USA. This is the socket used for electric clothes dryers.

Well stated, Mike. The major manufacturers seem to dismiss/disregard Tesla and their accomplishments outright. However, in my experience (2.5yrs owning a Model S) I’ve yet to encounter a 14-30 outlet, yet I’ve charged dozens of times on 10-30 outlets that dryers were plugged into in/near garages.

Yes, the Tesla UMC has been dual voltage for years, and standard in all Tesla cars.

Our company has been modifying the UMC for use in other cars (including this Volvo).

JESLA was designed specifically with the unique 40 amp Tesla onboard charger that is in a Mercedes B-Class ED, Toyota RAV4 EV, and of course Tesla cars, but it also works equally fantastic with cars like the BMW i3, Fiat 500e, Chevy Volt, Kia Soul EV or Nissan LEAF.

It is ultra flexible, light weight (only 8 pounds total!), and portable, PLUS it adjusts from 100 to 250 volts and 12 to 40 amps, automatically. You don’t have to know anything about electricity and no installation required;


…………………………………….VOLTS / AMPS…..kW
NEMA 5-15* ……Standard Outlet.. 120 V / 12 A…… 1.4 kW
NEMA 5-20 …… Motel A/C ………. 120 V / 16A……. 1.9 kW
NEMA 10-30……Older Dryers…….. 240 V / 24 A…… 5.8 kW
NEMA 14-30……Newer Dryers…… 240 V / 24 A…… 5.8 kW (out of stock)
NEMA 14-50*…..RV Parks ……….. 240 V / 40 A…… 9.6 kW

First decent look at the car IMO.

Sorry to say I’m underwhelmed at the range and price. Considering you can get a $90K Cayenne SEH at 9% off MSRP + the $5300 tax rebate that puts it at about $78K. Whats an optioned Volvo gonna go for? Yeah, the SEH doesn’t have 3 rows but it does fully recharge the battery with the ICE which the Volvo doesn’t seem to do…


Hard for me to believe that OEM’s pack only the 120V cord with their cars. I’d looked at the cost of replacing my I-MiEV’s supplied EVSE cord with one of the upgraded ones and it seems as if it would have cost no more to upgrade to the dual standard 120V/240V than it probably cost Mitsubishi with the single purpose unit. However, since I did not own the car at the time(already turned back now)and did not have 240V service available to me, I passed on it. But the costs seemed the same to have a single use cord versus the combo unit. If the car had come with the 120/240V combo unit I probably would have paid an electrician to add in 240V service to my garage.

When the TurboCord was first released I thought that OEM (included with new cars) was the ideal application for it. It’s good to see that AV has finally convinced a manufacturer to include it with their cars.

Eh? I though the charger was in the car, this is literally just a cord with a signal that tells the car the max current it can draw and a couple of pins to tell the car it’s plugged in? The charger in the car is the thing that has to take the wide voltage range. In the US can’t u just buy a “240V” evse and an adaptor so that it fits in a 110 V socket? The car can work the rest out for it’s self.

There is a small power supply in every EVSE. That power supply has a certain allowable voltage range. Most manufacturer provided 120VAC charging cords will be destroyed if you connect them to 240VAC. Most 240VAC charging stations simply won’t work at 120VAC or they will indicate a wiring fault because one line is neutral, not hot. Long story short – it has to be designed for multiple voltages in order for it to work.

TurboCord seems to work at both L1/L2 voltages and is much more useful and compact vs a mobile factory cordset.