Volvo ReCharge Concept
The Frankfurt Motor Show will see Volvo reveal a pretty revolutionary plug-in hybrid car known as the ReCharge Concept. Basically, this vehicle is a revamped (and in many ways, I might add) Volvo C30 that comes complete with electric wheel motors and batteries which can be charged through an ordinary electrical outlet. A fully juiced up battery will be able to provide up to 62 miles of travel before the four-cylinder 1.6 Flexifuel engine kicks in to keep the battery charged up. Since plenty of people drive less than 60 miles in a single day, the ReCharge would make a great permanent electric car that possesses some pretty decent speed (how does 0-62mph in 9 seconds and a top speed of 100mph sound to you?)
According to Magnus Jonsson, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Cars, “This is a groundbreaking innovation for sustainable transportation. 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 comes from CO2-friendly sources such as biogas, hydropower and nuclear power. A person driving less than 60 miles per day will rarely need to visit a filling station. Also, thanks to the excellent electrical range from a fuel consumption angle, the Volvo ReCharge Concept is exceptionally kind to the car owner’s wallet.” Well said, but how much is the entry cost?
Apparently operating costs are guaranteed to bring a smile to anyone’s face. It has been estimated to run 80% cheaper compared to a similar petrol-powered car when thriving on battery power alone, while a 93 mile drive (beginning with a full charge) provides the car an amazing fuel economy of 124 miles per gallon. That’s saying a whole lot! Not only that, it doesn’t take as much time as you sleep to fully charge it up – all you need is just three hours and you’re good to go. In the same vein as Sony’s quick charge concept, an hour hooked up to the electrical point will provide you with a 30 mile range.