Volvo has a long standing tradition when it comes to SUV’s and safety. But what about electric cars? With the Recharge range, Volvo wants to become one of the most recognisable names in the automotive industry.
The most recent addition to the Volvo Recharge brand is a SUV. Concept Recharge follows the Swedish design concept of ‘less but better’. For example, by eliminating the complexity of the internal combustion engine, Volvo designers were able to develop the car’s proportions to improve interior space while simultaneously enhancing aerodynamic efficiency.
The next generation of Volvo’s all-electric cars, the first of which will be the company’s first SUV based on a new all-electric technology platform, will have flat floors, as shown in the Volvo Concept Recharge.
The Volvo designers increased the car’s wheelbase and wheel size by eliminating the engine and replacing it with a full battery pack under the flat floor. As a result, the overhangs are shorter, and there is a lot more internal room, including a huge storage compartment between the front seats.
These improvements have led Volvo designers to relocate the seats, optimize the roof profile, and reduce the hood of the Concept Recharge while preserving the high eye point adored by Volvo XC40, XC60, and XC90 drivers. When compared to a normal SUV, this technique results in aerodynamic efficiency advantages that enhance range.
The conventional grille has given way to a shield-like structure, which is backed by a new version of Volvo Cars’ Thor’s Hammer headlamp design. The newest HD technology-enabled pure graphic, which opens at night to expose the primary lamp units.
Signature vertical rear lights nod to the brand’s strong design history, but have been reinvented with wings that expand at greater cruising speeds to increase overall aerodynamics.
A big, 15-inch standing touch panel is at the heart of the company’s next-generation linked infotainment system’s new and better user experience.
Finally, the Volvo Concept Recharge represents Volvo Cars’ safety goals for the next few years. A Luminar LiDAR sensor, which is a crucial component of Volvo Cars’ strategy for future safe autonomous driving technology, is installed in an ideal location on the roof to gather data on the car’s surroundings.