What Happened To The Electric Future At Volvo

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Updated on Volvos push to become an electric car company. The company says they have a 5 year $1.2 Billion investment and plan to bring the Recharge concept to market. The project started back in 2006 and they showed off the Prototype C30 in 2007. Since then the company seems be in hiding and may even be on the chopping block and sold off by the parent company Ford. They are looking for buyers, but no takers as of yet.

Ford vice president of sales and marketing Ken Czubay said in a statement.: “We continue to operate in a very challenging economic and competitive environment,”

What does that mean, for all the very promising technology designed into the C30? Will we ever see it in a Volvo or any of the other Ford brands? Isn’t this exactly the thing Ford needs to save their company? The prototype test vehicle uses the same type of technology GM says they are rolling out in the Volt. An electric motor system assisted by a small gas engine generator, which would only produce electricity for the electric motors to us. The Volvo concept takes that a step further by placing the motors in the wheels.

The Prototype C30 Technology test and concept vehicle that works: an electric car with a combustion engine as backup. It’s called the Volvo ReCharge, and it reminds us a lot of the Chevy Volt. Except that it looks likes a Volvo C30 hatchback and has funky green wheels.

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Volvo’s Newest Green | Efficient Is Sufficient

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Volvo’s latest-greatest environmentally safest green machine is the C30 Efficiency Diesel hatchback. And guess what? It’s aptly named. To the tune of 52.26 miles per gallon kind of efficient. We’re talking hybrid-efficient. Like the opposite of the DMV kind of efficient.

What makes the Efficient so efficient is that they’re really not doing anything new. Volvo is merely squeezing every bit of energy out of what they’ve got, with a few modifications. They tweaked the engine by using low-friction transmission oil and better engine management software, used higher gearing on the 3rd, 4th and 5th gears, switched to low rolling resistance tires with aero-optimized rims, shaved some inches here  and added some smoother ones there. And voila! 52.26 miles per gallon with a regular old diesel engine. And you still get that safe feeling only a Volvo or a blankie can give.

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Volvo Heico Sportiv S80 | High Performance, Low Utility

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Volvo, in conjunction with aftermarket wizard HeicoSportiv, unveiled some of its latest flair at the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association) show in Las Vegas with its concept E85-burning, turbo-charged S80. The SEMA show is basically an orgy for fast, pimped-out cars (and “trucks”), replete with the obligatory buxom calendar girls titillating teenage hormones. Why Volvo is there, I’m not sure, but the S80 seemed a bit out of place – kind of like a tuxedo at a rodeo.

The S80 could stand alone as an iconic sports car, given its alternative fuel engine (85% bioethanol) and its comprehensive package of sporty bling – including 350 horsepower that will get you from 0 to 60 in 5.8 seconds. All this while maintaining the S80’s luxurious Volvo style.

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