Published On: Thu, Jul 1st, 2021

Volvo Cars sets a tinge for the next-gen vehicles with ‘Concept Recharge’ EV

Volvo Cars wants to totally electrify a lineup by 2030 and on Wednesday offering a glance into how it skeleton to get there and what a subsequent era of vehicles competence demeanour like.

But it’s not going to do it alone. Although a automaker skeleton on building a possess in-car handling complement and other tools of a car, Volvo Cars minute how it skeleton to work with partners like Northvolt, Google and Luminar to build out a destiny vehicles lineup. It also denounced a initial images of “Concept Recharge,” a judgment EV that has prosaic floors, dual interior screens and back “suicide doors” that open from a center of a vehicle.

Volvo Concept Recharge. Image Credits: Volvo Cars

The Concept Recharge is also given with Luminar sensors, in line with an proclamation progressing this month that Volvo Cars’ stirring flagship electric SUV will be versed with Luminar’s record smoke-stack as standard.

On a battery front, Volvo Cars is operative with Swedish battery developer Northvolt on a container that it says will capacitate a operation of adult to around 621 miles — a large feat of appetite density, should Northvolt lift it off. The dual companies are aiming to build a gigafactory in Europe by 2026 in a new 50-50 corner venture, with a intensity annual ability of adult to 50 gigawatt hours. Volvo Cars will also source 15 GWh of batteries from Northvolt’s battery plant in Skellefteå, Sweden from 2024.

Future Volvo Cars vehicles will be able of bidirectional charging, a capability that can spin a EV into a mobile generator or a mini appetite plant, offloading additional appetite to a electricity grid.

Volvo pronounced a OS, VolvoCars.OS, will act as an “umbrella system” for underlying handling systems, including a infotainment complement led by Google and tech from Linux, QNX and AUTOSAR. While a car will enclose adult to 100 electrical control units, these will run on a core computing complement done adult of 3 categorical computers being grown in partnership with Nvidia.

The automaker also discussed in some-more fact a skeleton to supply a flagship electric SUV with Luminar’s sensor apartment and record from Volvo’s program arm Zenseact. Executives shirked questions seeking to mention a turn of a unconstrained complement — referring to a scale grown by a Society of Automobile Engineers to magnitude a turn of liberty in a pushing complement — observant that they elite to plead a stirring AV pushing complement in terms of supervised or unsupervised. Under those terms, Volvo pronounced a dual modes — Cruise and Ride— would need motorist organisation and no supervision, respectively. It pronounced it would gradually launch unsupervised functionality during some indicate in a future.

The stirring complement will beget tons of pushing information from customers, and Volvo doesn’t intend on it to go to waste. The automaker pronounced it aims to build a information bureau to routine information it collects from business that use a unconstrained expostulate reserve facilities (with their consent). It would use this information to make improvements on a system, that it would pull to vehicles around over-the-air updates.

“We need to renovate this association from only a reward required company. We need to renovate it into a personality in a new reward electric segment, that is flourishing really fast,” Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson said. “We need to know batteries in a same approach we know a explosion engine.”

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