18 October 2013
Conventional batteries a thing of the past
The material, consisting of carbon fibres, nano structured batteries and super capacitors, offers lighter energy storage that requires less space in the car, cost effective structure options and is eco-friendly.
As part of an EU-funded research project, including nine other major participants, Volvo Car Group was the only car manufacturer in the project. This project identified a feasible solution to the heavy weight, large size and high costs associated with the batteries seen in hybrids and electric cars today, while maintaining the efficient capacity of power and performance. The research project took place over the last three years and is now realised in the form of car panels and a boot lid, within a Volvo S80 experimental car.