Volvo Cars' recent announcements highlight the shift towards greener, more environmentally friendly cars.
On February 25, Volvo released a statement highlighting the changes coming to the S90 and V90 models. Some of these changes include improved sound systems and refined interiors, but they aren't limited to the interior. Exterior changes include lowering the front bumper, a new spoiler design, and new full LED-powered signature lighting.
The press release doesn't just focus on these two model lines, however. It goes on to highlight that the 48-volt mild hybrid powertrain is now available on every Volvo model. This, coupled with their fully electric and plug-in hybrid models, makes them a very green contender in the auto market. They further describe their mild hybrid powertrain later in the press release.
“Volvo Cars’ mild hybrids offer drivers up to 15 per cent fuel savings and emission reductions in real world driving. The brake-by-wire system interacts with the energy recovery system and reduces fuel consumption and emissions by recovering kinetic energy under braking.”
They point out that this means there is a hybrid Volvo available for every car buyer. While this may not be exactly true yet, it is certainly a strong move in that direction.
With the new abundant availability of EV on the Volvo line, it can be easy to forget that other Volvo companies are also leading the way in environmentally conscious car design. They have also announced that a new EV from their Polestar brand will be on display at the Geneva Auto Show in March. The Polestar Precept is a declaration of their direction for their line.
“Precept is a declaration, a vision of what Polestar stands for and what makes the brand relevant. The car is a response to the clear challenges our society and industry face.” — Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar.
The Precept combines luxury with sustainability by experimenting with new materials and reusing materials in the design. Interior parts are made from flax-based composites that prove to be more lightweight than traditional plastics and reduce plastic waste by 80 percent. Other interior elements reuse materials: the bolsters and headrest materials come from recycled cork vinyl, the carpet materials are reclaimed fishing nets, and the seat surface materials are recycled PET bottles that have been 3D knitted. Oh, it is also sleek and beautiful, so here's hoping the Precept becomes more than a prototype sooner rather than later.
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