Volvo Cars' work on electrification technology includes a systematic approach to safety issues related to battery power. The basic perspective is that a battery-powered Volvo must be as safe as any other new Volvo car - when it comes to owning and driving and also in the event of an accident.
ICA and Siemens are now joining 'One Tonne Life' as industry partners - a world-unique test in which a family with children will try to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions to one tonne per person per year. ICA will be responsible for the family's food supply and help the family members to make conscious choices that reduce their carbon footprint via their meals. Siemens will be equipping the household with appliances of the highest quality when it comes to energy and water consumption. Both of the companies will be contributing with information on how the family members can reduce their carbon footprint with regard to food handling, dish washing, laundry and cleaning.
Volvo City Safety has received Euro NCAP Advance, an assessment rating for new and exceptional safety technology that was awarded for the first time ever at the Paris Motor Show."Highly gratifying. We have worked long and hard for active safety systems to be included in Euro NCAP's assessment criteria," says Thomas Broberg, Senior safety advisor at Volvo Cars.
"DRIVe Towards Zero" is Volvo Cars' vision for developing cars entirely free from harmful exhaust emissions and environment-impacting carbon dioxide. New steps are being continuously taken to reach that vision. For instance, Volvo has introduced a range of high-efficiency diesel models with very low CO2 emissions. And the company's ambitious electrification strategy includes a C30 Electric and a market introduction of plug-in hybrids as early as 2012.
In order to stop climate change, our emissions of greenhouse gases must be dramatically decreased - from currently around seven tonnes per person and year to one tonne in the future. Today sees the launch of a world-first - a unique test in which a couple with young children will try to achieve the one-tonne emission level yet at the same time live a regular life. The "One Tonne Life" project has been initiated by three Swedish companies: A-hus, Vattenfall and Volvo Cars.
With the "One Tonne Life" project, A-hus, Vattenfall and Volvo Cars aim to show what it means in practical terms for a family to live climate-smart. The technology and the solutions used in the project are already available or will be in the very near future.
It looks like a regular Volvo C30 and it features the very same safety, comfort and space as the standard car. The difference is that it is powered solely by electricity, entirely without exhaust emissions, and has a range of up to 150 kilometres. The Volvo C30 Electric project has attracted immense international attention. Volvo Cars has received visits from many potential overseas customers and the first sales contract has already been signed.
Imagine a car which body also serves as a rechargeable battery. A battery that stores braking energy while you drive and that also stores energy when you plug in the car overnight to recharge. At the moment this is just a fascinating idea, but tests are currently under way to see if the vision can be transformed into reality. Volvo Cars is one of nine participants in an international materials development project.
Professor Harold Mooney of Stanford University in California has been named recipient of the 2010 Volvo Environment Prize. He is one of the world's leading researchers into biodiversity and ecosystem services, an area currently attracting global attention.
For 40 years now the Volvo Car Corporation's Accident Research Team has documented and analysed traffic accidents involving Volvo cars. Many of the safety systems presented over the years build on know-how gained from the Accident Research Team's impressive database.