Volvo Plans to Be the Future of Electric Cars with This New Design
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Volvo has its focus set on the future. The Swedish automaker debuted its Concept Recharge on June 30 to give the world a taste of how it sees electric vehicles (EVs) evolving.
The new design does away with the gas-centric structures the company built its current EVs on. The new Volvo EVs will have space for a large battery which improves aerodynamics, and provides more storage space.
Design details on the Volvo Concept Recharge
Volvo is one of many auto manufacturers heading into the EV market. Hybrid plug-ins and purely electric models are already available, but the new concept car embraces EV technology fully.
According to Car and Driver, Volvo’s designers lengthened the wheelbase to make space for a maximum-range battery. Since there’s no need to leave space for an engine or transmission upfront, the wheels were pushed closer to the two ends of the vehicle, providing extra interior space.
Outside, the exterior is a cleaner, more streamlined version of Volvo’s current models. Instead of mimicking a traditional grill like its competitors, Volvo chose to center its emblem and signature diagonal line on a flat, shield-like face. Paired with the company’s updated Thor’s Hammer headlights, the new look gives the car a sleek and sophisticated style.
Volvo faces competition in the EV department
As Volvo pushes ahead in their transition to electric, many of their competitors are also staking their claim on the EV market.
Ford is moving fast, adding a fully electric version of the popular F-150, the Lightning, to its lineup after already releasing the electric Mustang Mach-E. The company announced its plans in February to invest $29 billion into self-driving and electric cars over the next four years, as reported by Motor Trend.
Volkswagen has also released their E-Golf, as well as a number of models through its luxury brands, Audi and Porsche. Of course, Tesla has made a big impact on the auto industry by focusing on EVs from the start.
This is just a small sample of the fully-electric options already available. From Japanese brands like Honda and Nissan to domestic economy models like the Chevy Bolt, it seems that most automakers are shifting away from gas-powered cars.
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