The Volvo Concept Recharge shows how the next generation of all-electric Volvos could look.
The Volvo Concept Recharge, with a flat floor, has more interior space and better aerodynamic efficiency – so improving range. There’s an extended wheelbase and larger wheels, with shorter overhangs.
Rear lights feature a set of wings that extend at higher cruising speeds to further improve overall aerodynamics.
The all-electric Concept has a 15-inch standing touchscreen and a LiDAR sensor, for forthcoming safe autonomous drive technology, is placed in an optimal position on the roof to collect data on the environment around the car.
In the near term, Volvo plans to work with leading Swedish battery company Northvolt to further increase the energy density in its battery cells by up to 50 per cent compared with what is on the market today. Later this decade, Volvo Cars also looks to break the 1000 Wh/l energy density milestone, in order to achieve 1000km (621 miles) of real driving range.
Current charging times are expected to be cut almost in half by the mid-decade, thanks to better battery technology and continuous improvements to software and fast-charging technology.
The company will also offer bi-directional charging, allowing customers to offload excess electricity in their car battery to the power grid. This means electric Volvo drivers can provide energy to the grid when prices and CO2 emissions related to electricity production are at their daily peak, while charging their car when emissions fall.
The next generation of pure electric Volvo models, including the Volvo Concept Recharge, will run on Volvo Cars’ own operating system (OS), called VolvoCars.OS, for faster and more flexible development, coupled with more frequent over-the-air updates to customer cars through their lifetime.
Volvo will continue its strategic collaboration with Google to take infotainment and connectivity to the next level.
The company will also process data from customer cars in real time to allow continuous and much faster improvements to its cars, constantly improving safety levels.