The Swedish manufacturer continues to electrify its range to reach the million electric and hybrid vehicles marketed in 2025. Its first “zero emission” model will be available in 2019 with a 100 kWh battery with a real range of 450 km . Volvo is also working on a 3-cylinder rechargeable hybrid and Mild Hybrid technology. Sedan or SUV? To reduce the level of pollutant emissions from its vehicles, Volvo is continuing its efforts in the development of electric and hybrid rechargeable vehicles. After its compact C30 electric sedan, which remained at the prototype stage, the Goteborg company will be selling its first electric car in mass production in 2019. If it is not yet known which type of bodywork will be chosen – SUV from concept 40.1 or sedan from concept 40.2 In 2016 – the manufacturer has confirmed by the voice of his boss of electric propulsion systems that his first model “zero emission” will be equipped with a Lithium-Ion battery of 100 kWh .
450 km of actual range A capacity that will give this first Volvo electric a real autonomy of about 450 km and which will enable it to compete with the SUV of Audi and Mercedes. As with the Tesla Model S, several battery capacities should be offered. Mats Anderson, who was interviewed by our American colleagues on the Green car Congress website , also said that his model would include a 20 kW on-board charger that would significantly reduce the charging time on a public terminal. Concerning the rapid load , he also confirmed that the vehicle would be compatible with the CCS and CHAdeMO standards without specifying which geographical areas will be affected by this option.
Rechargeable Hybrid and Mild Hybrid On the rechargeable hybrid technology side, Volvo is continuing to develop a new traction chain combining a 3-cylinder petrol engine with an electric block powered by a 9.7 kWh Lithium-Ion battery (40 km actual range). Climbing 2018 in the new crossover XC40 , this chain will be joined the catalog the following year by a system of light hybridization. To control its polluting emissions at reduced costs, Volvo is timidly following the example of Volkswagen which will abandon its small diesel engines to benefit this technology. But unlike German, Swedish wants to mount the 10kW / 48V secondary battery pack (0.25kWh ) on both its petrol and diesel engines.