Volvo Concept Recharge : Pure Electric Future
“Our Concept Recharge represents a manifesto for the all-electric future of Volvo Cars, as well as a new type of vehicle. It displays new and modern proportions that go hand-in-hand with increased versatility and shows what technology can enable in terms of design.”
Robin Page, Head of Design, Volvo
When it comes to electrification at Volvo Cars, it’s more than just a change in powertrain. In terms of automobile design, the Volvo Concept Recharge represents a new paradigm.
The Concept adheres to the Scandinavian design philosophy of ‘less is more’ In the case of the internal combustion engine, designers were able to improve aerodynamic efficiency while increasing interior space by removing the complexity of the internal combustion engine from the equation. Ultimately, the result is an automobile that delivers genuine improvements in family life.
A full battery pack has been installed under the flat floor to replace the engine, increasing the car’s wheelbase and tyre size. Overhangs have been shortened in the process, and the inside has been given a lot more space, including a spacious storage compartment between the front seats
They’ve also repositioned the seats, optimized the roof profile and de-roofed the car to keep the high eye point that Volvo drivers have come to enjoy in the XC40, 60, and 90. This method enhances aerodynamic efficiency when compared to a normal SUV, resulting in a longer range.
This Volvo concept car also proposes a new design language for the company’s products. Less is more in this case, as all extraneous pieces have been deleted, and what remains has been treated with a high-precision, flush implementation.
Volvo’s trademark Thor’s Hammer headlights are used to support the redesigned grille that replaces the classic grille with a shield-like structure. Among them are the latest HD-enabled pure graphics, which open up at night to expose the main lamp units of the building. To increase aerodynamics, the vertical rear lamps have been reinvented with wings that extend at greater cruising speeds.
Inside the Car, the Volvo design language takes on a new look. Because of the flat floor, everyone in the car has a lot more space and a superior seat position.
The company’s next-generation integrated infotainment system features a huge 15-inch standing touch panel at the center of an improved user experience. To create a pleasant and calm experience with technology, it must be designed logically and intuitively.
Clean lines and extensive use of sustainable and natural materials are key hallmarks of Scandinavian design, as are the newest in entertainment technology.
The Concept is also a reflection of what Volvo hopes to achieve in terms of safety in the next years. There is a Luminar LiDAR sensor on the roof that collects data on the area around the car. This sensor is a vital part of Volvo Cars’ plan for future safe autonomous drive technology.
“With the Concept Recharge we continue the rich roots of Volvo’s design DNA in a modern and fresh way as we move into our all-electric future,” concluded Robin Page. “It represents everything we believe customers expect from a pure electric Volvo and we’re excited to take this philosophy into our next generation of cars.”