Volvo Concept Recharge, electric futures will be efficient and sustainable

In June 2021, Volvo had unveiled its strategy for the future. During the presentation, the brand had shown the Concept Recharge which anticipated the design language that we can find in the future on new electric models. Now, the car manufacturer has returned to talk about this concept which must be seen as something more than a vehicle designed only to show the aesthetics of future battery-powered cars.

Volvo intends to use the Concept Recharge as a manifesto of its new product strategy . The brand aims to sell only fully electric cars by 2030 and to become a carbon neutral company by 2040.

Entering the era of the electric car, how far you can drive on a full charge will be a very important detail. The simpler approach is to add more batteries, but that’s not the same as adding a larger fuel tank – batteries add weight and increase your carbon footprint. Instead we need to increase the overall efficiency to increase the mileage.

Attention to aerodynamics is a way to achieve greater efficiency. For this, Concept Recharge has some specific solutions to improve this aspect. An optimization work that also concerned the design of the alloy wheels. The car also has specific tires developed by Pirelli which in addition to offering less resistance to rolling, to the benefit of consumption, are made with recycled and renewable materials. This is an approach that goes towards the objective of the two companies to reduce the consumption of resources and the environmental impact.

Inside the cockpit there is a even greater use of sustainable materials . For example, for the backrests, headrests and part of the steering wheel, Volvo used a material it created, called Nordico. It is a special fabric made from natural, bio-based and recycled substances, i.e. natural materials from sustainable forests in Sweden and Finland, recycled corks from the wine industry and recycled PET bottles.

We also find abundant use of natural fibers, Swedish wool from sustainable farms and other environmentally friendly materials. Unfortunately, no details on the powertrain were shared but it is still interesting to note that Volvo is paying close attention to different aspects of the vehicles and production to get to reduce the impact of CO2 of the life cycle of a car of 80% compared to a Volvo XC 60 of 2018.

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