Volvo has unveiled the manifesto for next generation of all-electric cars with the Concept Recharge. Representing a new paradigm in car design, the Concept Recharge also reflects Volvo Cars’ safety ambitions.
In the Concept Recharge, the designers have been able to evolve the car's proportions to increase interior space while also improving aerodynamic efficiency. They have repositioned the seats, optimised the roof profile and lowered the hood of the car while retaining the high eye point. This approach creates efficiency gains in aerodynamics compared to a typical SUV, which improves range.
This concept car also introduces a new Volvo design language. Continuing the theme of 'less but better', all unnecessary elements have been removed and what remains is treated with a high-precision, flush execution.
The traditional grille has been replaced with a shield-like structure. The latest HD technology-enabled pure graphic, which open at night to reveal the main lamp units. The signature vertical rear lamps connect to the brand’s strong design heritage, but are reimagined with a set of wings that extend at higher cruising speeds to further improve overall aerodynamics.
Robin Page, head of design, Volvo Cars explained, “Our Concept Recharge represents a manifesto for the all-electric future of Volvo Cars, as well as a new type of vehicle. It displays new and modern proportions that go hand-in-hand with increased versatility and shows what technology can enable in terms of design.”
A large, 15 inch standing touch screen is the centre of a new and improved user experience for the company’s next-generation connected infotainment system. “Inside the Concept Recharge, we create a truly Scandinavian living room feeling,” said Robin Page. “The interior integrates our latest user experience technology with beautiful, sustainable and natural materials. We use the latest technologies but not for their own sake. We always focus on the benefits that technologies can bring.”
A LiDAR sensor placed in the Concept range, built by technology company Luminar and a critical part of Volvo Cars’ plan for forthcoming safe autonomous drive technology, is placed in an optimal position on the roof to collect data on the environment around the car.