Volvo’s new small car range to include an EV

Volvo Concept 40.1

As Volvo unveiled two concept cars built around the new Compact Modular Architecture, it announced that its new global small car range will include a pure battery electric vehicle, as well as Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain variants.

Volvo previously announced that it would produce a pure EV based on its larger Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) by 2019. The company says it hopes to sell up to a million electrified cars by 2025.

“By taking a modular approach to both vehicle architecture and powertrain development we have succeeded in leapfrogging many of the players in the premium segment,” said Dr. Peter Mertens, Senior VP of R&D. “Our new battery electric powertrain variant opens yet another exciting chapter in the unfolding Volvo story.”

“The new 40 series cars have the potential to improve our market penetration in an important growing segment,” said Volvo Cars CEO Håkan Samuelsson. “An electric powertrain program including both a new compact Twin Engine plug-in hybrid as well as a pure electric car are central to the CMA architecture.”

The first of the new 40 series vehicles is expected to go into production in 2017.

 

 

Source: Volvo

  • Electric Bill

    I am very glad to see Volvo’s commitment to electrification, but I am puzzled by a couple of factors.

    Last year Musk opened up all the patents for other companies to use for improving their own EVs. One of the most basic of Tesla’s design factors is its “electric skateboard” concept, which is a huge step forward in a few respects. The battery pack is one of the heaviest components of the vehicle, so by putting it down at or below the axles, it provides extreme handling benefits for cornering and stability. It also gives the car extreme side impact resistance as Tesla proved by having the best crash test results ever by the NHTSA, rating a perfect five stars in front, rear, side, rollover and pole crash tests.

    Volvo has always claimed to have safety as a primary element in its design philosophy, but looking at their video it appears they would do better to copy the general principle of Tesla’s design to better protect its occupants, as well as provide greater rollover resistance due to the lower center of gravity with the low-mount battery pack.