2007 Volvo ReCharge Concept Page 2

September 11, 2007

2007 Volvo ReCharge Concept

“We are focusing on the greatest challenge the global society has today — climate change,” said Arp, who preached the importance of incremental improvements in vehicle efficiency for reducing CO2, by methods such as leaner-running engines, lower-friction oils, improved aerodynamics, lower rolling resistance, and optimized power steering systems. Arp said that altogether, automakers are capable of achieving another 20-percent improvement in upcoming years by employing all such methods.


While production is still a long shot, the ReCharge serves as a showcase for the hybrid development that's currently going on within Volvo. It was designed in California, at the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center in Camarillo, California, in cooperation with Volvo's hybrid development center in Göteborg, Sweden. The $1.1 billion center was announced in spring 2006 and opened last fall, and is serving to lead Ford Motor Company hybrid development in Europe. An official said that the center, with 40 to 60 employees, has been working together with engineers in Dearborn on a hybrid system that will be used by at least one other FoMoCo brand; details are still under lock and key, but further announcements can be expected soon.



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