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Old 09-06-2007, 03:11 AM
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Volvo ReCharge Concept 2007

Volvo ReCharge Concept:

Plug-in hybrid with battery-only range of 100 km - and Flexifuel engine for backup power



Volvo Cars is introducing the Volvo ReCharge Concept, a plug-in hybrid with individual electric wheel motors and batteries that can be recharged via a regular electrical outlet for maximum environmental benefit.

Recharging allows the car to be driven about 100 kilometres on battery power alone before the car's four-cylinder Flexifuel engine is needed to power the car and recharge the battery.

Volvo ReCharge Concept makes its debut in a specially designed Volvo C30 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.



"A certain proportion of electrical vehicles will be necessary to meet the CO2 emission demands of the future. Since the Volvo ReCharge Concept combines an excellent battery range with a backup combustion engine, it is a very interesting concept," says Magnus Jonsson, Senior Vice President Research and Development at Volvo Cars.

The ReCharge Concept has been developed at the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center (VMCC), the Volvo Car Corporation's think-tank in Camarillo, California.

"This is a ground-breaking innovation for sustainable transportation. A person driving less than 100 kilometres a day will rarely need to visit a filling station. In the USA, this may apply to almost 80 percent of drivers," says Magnus Jonsson.

Thanks to the excellent electrical range from a fuel consumption angle, the Volvo ReCharge Concept is exceptionally kind to the car owner's wallet.

When driving on electric power only, operating costs are expected to be about 80 percent lower than that of a comparable petrol-powered car. When driving beyond the 100 km battery range, fuel consumption may vary from 0 to 5.5 litres per 100 km depending on the distance driven using the engine.

"This plug-in hybrid car, when used as intended, should have about 66 percent lower emissions of carbon dioxide compared with the best hybrid cars available on the market today. Emissions may be even lower if most of the electricity in intended markets comes from CO2-friendly sources such as biogas, hydropower and nuclear power," says Magnus Jonsson.
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Old 09-06-2007, 03:18 AM
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Volvo ReCharge Concept #2


And a small video, explaining how it works.
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Old 09-06-2007, 03:34 AM
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So it's just like a Prius, just more annoying.
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Old 09-06-2007, 03:36 AM
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So it's just like a Prius, just more annoying.
no, it's just like a prius, but then its better looking. And more fuel efficient.

And better looking (or did i already said that)
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Old 09-06-2007, 03:40 AM
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no, it's just like a prius, but then its better looking. And more fuel efficient.

And better looking (or did i already said that)
Yes but you have to plug it in your kitchen.

I can't fit a Volvo C30 in my kitchen.

Bugger.
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Old 09-06-2007, 04:50 AM
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So it's just like a Prius, just more annoying.
Hilariously put. What is your aversion to this car?
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Old 09-06-2007, 04:53 AM
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So it's just like a Prius, just more annoying.
no. No big complex transmission sharing power from engine and electric.
Small motor in each wheel. Engine used ONLY to provide electricity for the in-wheel motors.
The real way fo the future.
Prius is a very poor solution that doens't beat "normal" cars
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no. No big complex transmission sharing power from engine and electric.
Small motor in each wheel. Engine used ONLY to provide electricity for the in-wheel motors.
The real way fo the future.
Prius is a very poor solution that doens't beat "normal" cars
Cue the GM Volt Concept launched earlier this year.
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Cue the GM Volt Concept launched earlier this year.
You are right, the Volt concept has exactly the same electro drive as this Volvo.

Something else, I think it would be strange to drive a electric vehicle because you wouldn't hear a engine revving. But this car (or the Volt) would be even stranger because when the batteries are almost flat the engine will startup and produce electricity, but when this happens you will here a engine which doesn't matches your acceleration or deceleration

It will take some getting used to. I wonder how long these electric wheel motors can hold.
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Would they need changing everytime you took a wheel off? say if you had a flat tyre?

I think they're a great idea, but the tech has some ways to go yet.
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Would they need changing everytime you took a wheel off? say if you had a flat tyre?.
See http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/forum...pt-2007-06.jpg
The motor sits IN the wheel, think of it like a very large drum brake
So the wheel bolts on to it.
So no problem when changing.
No real lifetime issues either as these are all using brushless motors so only the bearing can wear out .... just liek the normal wheel bearing today
The tech limiting all of this is still the batteries, not the motors
Cost is still a killer though But volume can swing that.
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you know - thats actually quite ingenious. this is a similar thing to the Mitsubishi MIEV system, isn't it?

I still don't think electricity is the be-all and end all of environmental motoring, as the energy sourced for making the electricity is often via inefficient means - but hey, it's definitely a start.
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See http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/forum...pt-2007-06.jpg
The motor sits IN the wheel, think of it like a very large drum brake
Ettore Bugatti is a genius.
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Hilariously put. What is your aversion to this car?
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no. No big complex transmission sharing power from engine and electric.
Small motor in each wheel. Engine used ONLY to provide electricity for the in-wheel motors.
The real way fo the future.
Prius is a very poor solution that doens't beat "normal" cars
Well but it still is an hybrid, however in this one you have fill up the tank and the battery. That's double the work, therefore a no-go.

In my opinion the other C30 concept car (the diesel one) was a much better option
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Well but it still is an hybrid, however in this one you have fill up the tank and the battery. That's double the work, therefore a no-go.

In my opinion the other C30 concept car (the diesel one) was a much better option
You don't have to charge the battery.
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