The next generation of Volvo’s fully electric cars will feature flat floors
Al-Futtaim’s Trading Enterprises, the exclusive distributor of Volvo Cars in the UAE, has announced that for Volvo Cars, electrification is more than simply a shift in powertrains. Volvo’s first generation of electric cars shares a floor with combustion engine-powered cars, which requires a balance in proportions and space to be able to accommodate both a battery pack and an internal combustion engine.
The next generation of Volvo’s fully electric cars, the first of which is the electric successor to the Volvo XC90 SUV, will feature flat floors, as previewed in the Concept Recharge. By removing the engine and replacing it with a full battery pack under the flat floor, the designers have extended the wheelbase and the wheel size of the car. The result is shorter overhangs, as well as a lot more interior space including a large storage area between the front seats.
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.
“Our Concept Recharge represents a manifesto for the all-electric future of Volvo Cars, as well as a new type of vehicle,” stated Robin Page, Head of Design. “It displays new and modern proportions that go hand-in-hand with increased versatility and shows what technology can enable in terms of design,” he continued.