MILAN (ITALPRESS) – Three basic things: safety, sustainability and design. These are the pillars of the Volvo Concept Recovery, or as said by the president and CEO of Volvo Car Italia Michele Crisci “a philosophy of the future that includes all those who will be the axis of the future strategy” of the car manufacturer. The challenges and innovations set by the Swedish brand were presented today in Milan as part of a three-day event aimed precisely at the core of the Concept. Volvo’s goal is ambitious: to reduce CO2 emissions by 40% by 2025 and become a “climate-neutral” company by 2040. 2025 – explained Crisci – By 2030 Volvo will only produce electric cars, but above all we will produce electric Volvos. So cars that will not have any compromises from the point of view of safety, sustainability and also a new design style that brings great success to the brand our”
For the president of Volvo, Concept Recharge can therefore be summed up in “the beginning of safety automation, the presence of innovative systems and designs used for those are the new freedoms that electric motors provide, and sustainability”.
“Cars that are becoming safer will collide less and less. So we are talking about cars that can be built with light metals and that will require less energy to move. It is a kind of virtuous circle that starts from safety and ends with sustainability”, concluded Crisci.
A step forward on the road to lightweight electric vehicles was made in the case of the EX90 with the integration of the battery in the chassis which, in addition to making the vehicle lighter, improves its autonomy and also the ergonomics of the interior. The most important novelty of the EX90 model, however, is the two-way recharge, ie the possibility of the car storing energy and, if necessary, for another electric car or for home users.
As explained by Enrico De Cais, Product Manager of Volvo Car Italia, “it is a car that is born fully electric and its design is inevitable. From the front, we see a car without a grille because the cooling of fully electric cars requires less cooling, which also benefits aerodynamics and therefore lower consumption”.
Aerodynamics has only been greatly improved thanks to a very low coefficient of drag, read both by the rims and by the laminated glass roof assembled in slope mode. “In terms of security, a LiDAR sensor (Light and Color Detection, ed) was installed on the windshield that allows objects to be seen up to 250 meters with centimeter accuracy”, added Cais, emphasizing how the innovation of the array. resulted in models with “a complete absence of physical buttons in favor of a large 15-inch central touchscreen and a driver’s instrument panel that shrinks to 9 inches”.
“Everything is completed by Volvo’s new proprietary software, a supercomputer available through strategic partnerships and the ability to download updates via VR. So it becomes easier to have a car that is always up-to-date with the possibility of connectivity thanks to the already available 5G network you are available in the car,” he added. However, attention to the environment does not only go through mechanical or electrical components. “If we go inside the car, great use has been made of sustainable materials – emphasized De Cais – Concept Recharge and all new electric Volvos will not have leather inside, ensuring better sustainability and a reduction in CO2 impact: vinyl and therefore cotton fabric materials are used “.