CASE STUDY: OUR NEW VOLVO ENGINE ARCHITECTURE – Drive-E Powertrain
We are switching to powerful four-cylinder engines, part of the Volvo engine architecture, a revolutionary new approach – successfully tested in racing – that saves fuel and opens the door for electrification.
Contrary to what many people think, the power you get from an engine has nothing to do with its size; it is directly proportional to the amount of air that you can get to flow through the motor. In addition, you can make an engine more efficient if you make it smaller.
“So if you can get more air through a smaller engine, you still get the same power but at better efficiency… and better efficiency equals better fuel economy. Looking forward however, the real advantage is that a smaller engine allows more room for electrification,” says Derek Crabb, Vice President of Powertrain Engineering.
“We’re really proud of these engines; these are true Swedish engines, designed in-house here in Gothenburg and manufactured up the road in Skövde. It’ll be Volvo selling the intelligent answer, making big, lazy engines seem like dinosaurs.” says Derek Crabb.