September 7, 2007

Volvo announces ReCharge concept

Volvo ReCharge concept
Volvo ReCharge concept. Click image to enlarge

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Goteborg, Sweden – Volvo has announced the introduction of its Volvo ReCharge Concept, a plug-in hybrid with individual electric wheel motors, and batteries that can be recharged via a regular electrical outlet. The system will make its debut in a specially-designed Volvo C30 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Recharging allows the car to be driven about 100 km on battery power alone, before the car’s four-cylinder flexible-fuel engine is needed to power the car and recharge the battery. The concept system was developed at the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center in Camarillo, California.

“A certain proportion of electrical vehicles will be necessary to meet the CO2 emission demands of the future,” says Magnus Jonsson, Senior Vice President, Research and Development at Volvo Cars. “Since the Volvo ReCharge Concept combines an excellent battery range with a backup combustion engine, it is a very interesting concept.

“This is a ground-breaking innovation for sustainable transportation. A person driving less than 100 kilometres a day will rarely need to visit a filling station. In the USA, this may apply to almost 80 per cent of drivers.”

The company says that when driving on electric power only, operating costs are expected to be about 80 per cent lower than that of a comparable gasoline-powered car. When driving beyond the 100 km range, fuel consumption will vary between zero to 5.5 L/100 km, depending on the distance driven using the engine.

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