Volvo Concept Recharge

This is the Volvo Concept Recharge, an all-electric SUV that previews the next generation of the company’s vehicles and which is built on a completely new platform.

Designers have extended the wheelbase and the wheel size of the car with the result being shorter overhangs, and lots more interior space including a large storage area between the front seats.

These advancements, Volvo says, led designers to reposition the seats, optimise the roof profile and lower the hood of the car, enabling better aerodynamics, which helps to improves range.

The Concept Recharge also introduces a new Volvo design language. The traditional grille has been replaced with a shield-­like structure, flanked by a new interpretation of the company’s ‘Thor’s Hammer’ headlight design. There are also a strong vertical rear lamp design. The suicide doors are a dramatic touch but would be a surprise on any production model.

“Our Concept Recharge represents a manifesto for the all­electric future of Volvo Cars, as well as a new type of vehicle,” said Robin Page, head of design. “It displays new and modern proportions that go hand­-in-­hand with increased versatility and shows what technology can enable in terms of design.”

On the inside, there’s a 15-inch standing touch screen that is the centre of a new user experience for the company’s next­generation connected infotainment system.

The Concept Recharge also reflects Volvo Cars’ safety ambitions – a feature that has long been a part of the Volvo brand. A LiDAR sensor, built by technology company Luminar and a critical part of the company’s plan for safe autonomous drive technology, is placed on the roof to collect data on the environment around the car.

While the powertrain and battery specifications are not revealed, Volvo is set to establish a joint venture with Swedish battery company Northvolt to develop and produce more sustainable batteries and has said that, later this decade, it is looking to achieve 1000km of real driving range with its vehicles and cut current charging times in half.

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (August 2021) 

23 August 2021

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