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from media.volvocars.com<p>(more info in one hour)<p>Jun 01, 2009 ID:19644 <br> <p>--------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br> <br>Invitation to press conference: <p>Volvo Cars and Vattenfall make major investment in environmental cars <p> <p><br>(Press release please see below)<p><br> <p>Welcome to a press conference announcing the start up of a Joint Venture between Volvo and Vattenfall with the aim to put plug-in hybrid cars on the market in 2012. The conference is hosted by Stephen Odell, President and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation and Lars G. Josefsson, President and CEO of Vattenfall. <p> <p>Date: Monday June 1 at 12.00 <p>Place: Volvo Showroom, Kungsträdgården, Stockholm<p> <p>Please bring your press id<p><br>Web cast of the press conference: <br><A HREF="http://gaia.world-television.com/wtvse/stst/vattenfall/vattenfall_volvocars_towards_zero.asp" TARGET="_blank">http://gaia.world-television.c...o.asp</A><p> <p><br>The complete press information including moving images are available from 12.00 CET: <br><A HREF="http://www.media.volvocars.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.media.volvocars.com</A><p> <p>Vattenfall's press section at <p><A HREF="http://www.vattenfall.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.vattenfall.com</A>/<p> <p>Broadcast material is also available at: <br>ftp://public:[email protected]/Public/Liftbox/volvo_elhybrid<p><br> <br>or<p>ftp://ftp.filmpoint.se/<br>user: public<br>pass: dropin28<br>dir: Public/Liftbox/volvo_elhybrid<p> <p>or<p><A HREF="http://www.thenewsmarket.com/volvocars" TARGET="_blank">http://www.thenewsmarket.com/volvocars</A><p> <p>*********************************************<p>Press release<p>Unique cooperation on environmental cars<p>Volvo Cars and Vattenfall to develop new plug-in hybrid<p> <p>A Volvo that can be fuelled with electricity from a standard wall socket will be a reality in 2012. The Swedish energy company Vattenfall and Volvo Car Corporation are launching an industrial joint venture partnership to introduce plug-in hybrids on the market. The ground-breaking technology will considerably lower the environmental impact from traffic. In addition, owning a plug-in hybrid vehicle will be convenient since you can fuel up at home and fuel costs are significantly lower.<p> <p>In January 2007, the Volvo Car Corporation and Vattenfall launched a joint project with the aim of testing and developing plug-in technology. Now their cooperation is being taken to the next level.<br>"We are investing in an industrial joint venture to series-produce plug-in hybrid cars in Sweden in 2012, cars that can be powered by both electricity and diesel. This is an important business development for us and our partnership with Vattenfall allows us to take a giant step toward offering our customers cars with an even smaller environmental footprint," says Stephen Odell, President and CEO of the Volvo Car Corporation.<p> <p>The car can be charged at home<br>One of the major benefits of Plug-in hybrids is that they can be charged from a regular household wall socket.<br>"We want to reinforce electricity's importance in society and its key role in solving climate issues. Through this cooperation we hope to be able to speed up the introduction of electric cars. Together we are developing the next-generation technology based on plug-in cars and various charging alternatives," says Lars G Josefsson, President and CEO of Vattenfall.<p> <p>The development of the cars is being carried out and financed jointly by the two companies. The Volvo Car Corporation will manufacture the cars and Vattenfall will develop charging systems and supply the cars with electricity.<br> <p> <p> <p>For further information, please contact:<br>Maria Bohlin, [email protected], telephone +46 31 59 65 25<br>Edvard Lind, Media Relations, [email protected], telephone +46 8 739 56 74<br>or Vattenfall's Press Office, telephone +46 8 739 50 10<p> <br>
 

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Great news and just in time for sure as the price of a barrel oil is predicted to continue to rise. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Will the extension cord be included with the car?<p>Will it also have an automatic recoil inside the car slot - like a tape measure for example or my vacuum cleaner?<p>Would the fast charge receptacle be any different for a standard home receptacle lets say?<p>Will the "male" receptacle have a locking clip to prevent it from slipping?<br>
 

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from media.volvocars.com<p>Jun 01, 2009 ID:19606 <br> <p>--------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br> <br>Unique co-operation on environmental cars<p><br>Volvo Cars and Vattenfall to develop new plug-in hybrid<p> <p>A Volvo that can be fuelled with electricity from a standard wall socket will be a reality in 2012. Swedish energy company Vattenfall and the Volvo Car Corporation are launching an industrial joint venture partnership to introduce plug-in hybrids on the market. The ground-breaking technology will considerably lower the environmental impact from traffic. In addition, owning a plug-in hybrid vehicle will be convenient since you can fuel up at home and fuel costs are significantly lower.<p> <p>In January 2007, the Volvo Car Corporation and Vattenfall launched a joint project with the aim of testing and developing plug-in technology. Now their cooperation is being taken to the next level.<p> <p>"We are investing in an industrial joint venture to series-produce plug-in hybrid cars in Sweden in 2012, cars that can be powered by both electricity and diesel. This is an important business development for us and our partnership with Vattenfall allows us to take a giant step toward offering our customers cars with an even smaller environmental footprint," says Stephen Odell, President and CEO of the Volvo Car Corporation.<p> <p>Vattenfall and the Volvo Car Corporation believe that series production of plug-in hybrid cars and the development of infrastructure can generate new jobs and help Sweden maintain its position at the cutting edge of advanced pro-environmental technology. <p> <p>The car can be charged at home<p>One of the major benefits of plug-in hybrids is that they can be charged from a regular household wall socket.<p><br>"We want to reinforce electricity's importance in society and its key role in solving climate issues. Through this cooperation we hope to be able to speed up the introduction of electric cars. Together we are developing the next-generation technology based on plug-in cars and various charging alternatives," says Lars G Josefsson, President and CEO of Vattenfall.<p> <p>The development of the cars is being carried out and financed jointly by the two companies. The Volvo Car Corporation will manufacture the cars and Vattenfall will develop charging systems and supply the cars with electricity.<p> <p><br>Innovative environmental technology <p>Electricity is very well-suited as a power source for cars. An electric motor has a high efficiency rating and consumes roughly one-fifth the energy needed to power an engine that runs on fossil fuels. The purchase price of the plug-in hybrids will be higher than that of cars with conventional technology. Batteries are still expensive but with the car running on electricity, its fuel costs will be cut to roughly one-third compared with diesel power.<p> <p>Vattenfall will offer customers the opportunity to sign an agreement for renewable electricity sourced specifically from windpower or hydropower, as an alternative to the regular mix of electricity sources. Lars G Josefsson sees many benefits from chargeable plug-in hybrids, even in cases where the electricity does not come from renewable energy sources.<p> <p>"Through electric power, we avoid the emissions from each individual car. Instead of petrol or diesel, the energy is derived from a few large power sources and Vattenfall is working hard to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions from all electricity production. In Sweden, virtually all Vattenfall's electricity production is emission-free," explains Lars G Josefsson.<p> <p>The plug-in hybrid cars will be driven by a powerful electric motor fuelled by a lithium-ion battery. The battery takes about five hours to charge from a standard wall socket, and the battery is also charged every time the car's brakes are applied.<p> <p>"Most car journeys are short trips, for instance to and from work. We will be able to offer a product that fulfils this transportation need. In order to cover longer distances as well, the car will also be equipped with one of Volvo's fuel-efficient diesel engines," says Stephen Odell.<p> <p><br>Demonstration cars on show this summer<p>In the summer of 2009, three Volvo V70 demonstration cars will be presented. The demonstration cars will be used to gather information about the wishes and demands that drivers may have on the new technology, to determine their driving habits and to establish how they want to charge their cars. Vattenfall will, among other things, test various concepts for high-speed home charging and also for charging stations in public places, where owners pay to fuel with electricity instead of petrol or diesel. The cars that are planned to go into series production in 2012 will feature somewhat different technology, but the launch of the demonstration vehicles is a step towards series-producing plug-in hybrid cars specifically tailored to market needs. <p> <p><br>URL for live broadcast of press conference: <br><A HREF="http://gaia.world-television.com/wtvse/stst/vattenfall/vattenfall_volvocars_towards_zero.asp" TARGET="_blank">http://gaia.world-television.c...o.asp</A><p>For further information, please visit: <p>Volvo Cars' Newsroom at <A HREF="http://www.media.volvocars.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.media.volvocars.com</A><p>Vattenfall's press section at <A HREF="http://www.vattenfall.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.vattenfall.com</A>/<p> <p>For further information, please contact:<p>Maria Bohlin, [email protected], telephone +46 31 59 65 25<p>Edvard Lind, Media Relations, [email protected], telephone +46 8 739 56 74<p>or Vattenfall's Press Office, telephone +46 8 739 50 10<p> <p>Descriptions and facts in this press material relate to Volvo Cars' international car range. Described features might be optional. Vehicle specifications may vary from one country to another and may be altered without prior notification.<p> <p><br>
 

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Jun 01, 2009 ID:19607 <br> <p>--------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br> <br>Volvo Cars aims to be market leader in plug-in hybrid technology<p> <p>Volvo Cars continues to focus heavily on advanced green technology and is now taking yet another major step forward in keeping with the company's over-riding vision - DRIVe Towards Zero. A unique joint project together with Swedish energy supplier Vattenfall is prompting the production of battery-powered Volvos featuring plug-in hybrid technology as early as 2012.<p> <p>"There is no doubt that the environmental issue is at the very top of Volvo Cars' product development agenda right now," says Stephen Odell, President and CEO of Volvo Cars. "Carbon dioxide emissions from our cars will be drastically reduced by the plan we are now implementing and our aggressive electrification strategy will put us in a leading position when it comes to environmentally optimised passenger transport." <p> <p>Plug-in electrical hybrids in production by 2012<p>There are many benefits to plug-in electrical hybrids: carbon dioxide emissions are far lower and with an electric motor offering higher power, the car's performance is also far better. Being able to offer a truly attractive car that does not compromise on the other important properties that the customer wants is an absolute precondition for the market to shift towards more environmentally sustainable alternatives that really do make a difference.<p> <p> "In fact, I would go so far as to say that the plug-in electrical hybrid we will launch in 2012 will be a true dream car. With the innovative solution we will offer, the car owner will be able to drive a thoroughly enjoyable car packed with Volvo's renowned high safety and genuine driving pleasure", says Stephen Odell.<p> <p><br>Stephen Odell says that Volvo Cars' industrial cooperation with Vattenfall opens up entirely new potential for developing future green technologies in a far more efficient way. Working in partnership is something that the company regards as essential in order to generate sustainable development.<p> <p>"DRIVe Towards Zero is our vision and with Vattenfall's expertise and partnership, we are making giant strides towards our targets. With our updated environmental map for the future, we are reinforcing our leading position in the environmental sphere within the premium segment," concludes Stephen Odell. <p> <p>The following section presents Volvo Cars' environmental alternative and its map for the future.<p> <p>DRIVe<p>At present, Volvo Cars has seven car models that can be specified in DRIVe configuration. The DRIVe badge is attached to those cars in the model range that have extremely low carbon dioxide emissions. Among their many features, these cars have been specially designed for low air resistance and their drivelines are optimised for low fuel consumption. The most fuel-efficient variants are the C30, S40 and V50 1.6D DRIVe, with fuel consumption of 3.9 litres/100 km (104 grams CO2/km).<p> <p>FlexiFuel<p>Volvo Cars' FlexiFuel models are powered by E85 (85 percent renewable bioethanol and 15 percent petrol). Bioethanol is an entirely renewable fuel and can be made from a variety of sources such as sugar-cane, wheat and wood by-products. Both Volvo's smaller models (the C30, S40 and V50) and the larger cars (the V70 and S80) are available in FlexiFuel variants. There is a choice of three engine power outputs: the 1.8F producing 125 hp, the 2.0F which produces 145 hp and the turbocharged version, the 231 hp 2.5FT.<p> <p>Bi-Fuel: V70 2.5FT in gas configuration <p>Biogas is one of the vehicle fuels with the lowest climate impact. On Volvo Cars' home market, where there is a satisfactory infrastructure for gas supply, the best-selling V70 model will be available in a gas-powered version in 2009. An outside conversion specialist contracted by Volvo Cars will fit the gas tank. The car's range on gas is about 300 km. To back this up there is the 2.5FT 231 hp FlexiFuel engine so the car's total range on biofuel is more than 900 km.<p> <p>The car can be run on petrol, bioethanol, natural gas, biogas and hytane*.<p> <p><br>* Methane gas with 10 percent hydrogen gas mixed in the fuel.<p> <p>Start/Stop<p>The Volvo Cars model range also includes engines that switch themselves off when the car comes to a standstill. These so-called micro-hybrids cut fuel consumption by 4-5 percent. This system is even more effective in congested city traffic with frequent stops and starts. Start/Stop is being initially introduced on the C30, S40 and V50 DRIVe and will undergo constant development, and will over time be implemented in additional drivelines.<p> <p>In 2011, Volvo Cars expects to introduce yet another highly advanced, entirely in-house developed system with even greater savings potential.<p> <p>GTDi technology<p>In 2009, Volvo Cars will launch the development of an entirely new generation of high-efficiency petrol engines. These engines will be far more economical and will cut fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by 20-30 percent.<p> <p>GTDi technology makes it possible to reduce engine size while retaining current performance levels.<p> <p>Plug-in electrical hybrids<p>Volvo Cars will put plug-in electrical hybrids on the market as early as 2012. With this technology, there is a battery pack that is used to drive an entirely emission-free electric motor. The battery is recharged via a regular wall socket and in addition, braking energy while on the move is stored and reused. This power system will be supplemented by one of Volvo's high-efficiency diesel engines. This diesel engine is designed to run on renewable synthetic diesel and will meet forthcoming extremely stringent exhaust regulations.<p> <p>The car's range will be class-leading and what is more, tailpipe exhaust emissions will be virtually non-existent while the car is powered by electricity. If the battery pack is recharged with electricity produced from renewable sources, then carbon dioxide emissions from the lifecycle perspective will also be very low. In the NEDC standardised driving cycle, carbon dioxide emissions from Volvo's plug-in electrical hybrid will be lower than 50 grams/km. The plug-in electrical hybrid will thus qualify into what is known as the super-credit tax incentive band. In several European countries, a variety of incentive programmes such as tax relief will be introduced over the next few years. Cars that emit less than 50 grams of CO2/km will probably be granted the most favourable status.<p> <p>Battery-powered cars<p>For short distances in city traffic, dedicated battery-powered cars may well be the next step. Volvo Cars is therefore researching into this area. There are still many challenges that have to be solved with battery cars and the company is working hard to find alternative ways of reducing battery cost, increasing their performance and ensuring that Volvo's high safety requirements are met at all times. At present, there are no battery-powered cars in Volvo's product plans, but the possibility of introducing new green technology is under constant review.<br> <br> <br> Related Videos<br>Videos contained on this website are for editorial use only. <br> <br>More Videos... <br> <br> <p>Related Images<br>Photos and images contained on this website are for editorial use only.<p> <p>--------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br> <br> <p>--------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br> <br> <br>More Images... <br> <br> <br>Media Contacts<br>Maria Bohlin <br>Press officer <br>Volvo Car Corporation <br> <br>Phone: +46 31 596525 <br> <br>[email protected] <br> <br> <p>--------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br> <br>
 

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Jun 01, 2009 ID:19642 <br> <p>--------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br> <br>Hybrid A to Z<p> <p>The basic idea<p><br>Alongside its conventional combustion engine - usually a petrol or diesel unit - the hybrid car has electric motors and batteries that help power the vehicle. The hybrid system helps the combustion engine by maximising its efficiency rating. When the car is at a standstill, idling is avoided, thus cutting fuel consumption.<p>Recovery of braking energy<br>The energy that is available when the car is moving can be partly recovered during braking. The electric motor serves as a generator, creating electric energy that is stored in the battery for later use when accelerating.<p> <p>Battery types<br>Battery technology is undergoing extremely swift development. Previously, the batteries used were of the nickel-metal hydride type but in the most recent hybrid cars and also in the forthcoming models, lithium-ion batteries are fitted, giving longer range and better driving properties. <p>The more electricity, the higher the cost<br>Thus far, hybrid technology incurs considerable extra costs. Just how much depends on the variant chosen - the further you want to be able to drive on electric power, the more battery power is needed, which affects the car's cost.<p> <p>Five hybrid car variants<br>At present there are five different hybrid car variants. They are listed below from the lowest degree of electrification to the highest (battery sizes are examples and can vary).<p> <p>1. Micro hybrid Often called a Micro HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicle). A start/stop function means the engine switches off when the car is at a standstill and restarts when the driver presses the accelerator. This is possible owing to the installation of a more powerful starter motor (4 kilowatts) compared with the normal 1.4 kW. The battery is a regular 12 volt starter battery. According to NEDC (New European Driving Cycle - the European driving cycle used by all car manufacturers for calculating fuel consumption) carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are reduced by 4-5 percent compared with a corresponding car without the start/stop function.<p> <p>2. Medium hybrid (Medium HEV). This variant has a 10-15 kilowatt electric motor and a more powerful battery compared with the micro-hybrid, with an output of about one kilowatt-hour (kWh). Thanks to a generator located by the rear axle, the medium hybrid generates energy when the car brakes, energy that can be subsequently used for acceleration. CO2 reduction according to NEDC is about 10 percent.<p> <p>3. Full hybrid (Parallel Powersplit HEV). Has an even more powerful electric motor of about 35 kW and a more powerful two kWh battery that allows the energy generated during braking to be stored and utilised even more efficiently. With a full hybrid, it is possible to drive about one kilometre on the electricity that is generated. This variant offers approximately 20 percent carbon dioxide reduction.<p> <p>4. Plug-in hybrid (PHEV, Parallel Powersplit Plug-in HEV). Same principle as the full hybrid, but with an even more powerful electric motor (50-100 kilowatts) and even more battery power, up to 15 kWh. Can be recharged via a regular wall socket. Can be driven about 50 kilometres on electricity, after which the combustion engine automatically takes over. Here it is possible to achieve a CO2 reduction of around 70 percent.<p> <p>5. Series hybrid SHEV Series Hybrid Electric Vehicle. More powerful electric motor (100 kW) with a 50 kW generator and more powerful battery (15-20 kWh) than in the plug-in hybrid. Recharged from a regular wall socket and can be driven up to 60 kilometres on electric power. Here it is the electric motor that propels the car while the combustion engine is used only to produce electricity for the batteries when they need to be recharged. The powerful electric motor means it is possible to use a smaller combustion engine, such as a three-cylinder petrol or diesel engine. This hybrid variant too can achieve about 70 percent lower CO2 emissions.<p> <p>All five variants thus include a conventional combustion engine, so there is never any risk of coming to a standstill at the roadside because battery power has run out. <p> <p>The step beyond hybrid cars is the dedicated electric car without any combustion engine, the BEV, (Battery Electric Vehicle). This is recharged via a wall socket and runs solely on electricity. With today's technology the range would be 150-200 kilometres (depending on battery size). Carbon dioxide reduction is 100 percent - the car produces no carbon dioxide emissions at all.<br> <br>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Shimon</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">5. Series hybrid SHEV Series Hybrid Electric Vehicle. More powerful electric motor (100 kW) with a 50 kW generator and more powerful battery (15-20 kWh) than in the plug-in hybrid. Recharged from a regular wall socket and can be driven up to 60 kilometres on electric power. Here it is the electric motor that propels the car while the combustion engine is used only to produce electricity for the batteries when they need to be recharged. The powerful electric motor means it is possible to use a smaller combustion engine, such as a three-cylinder petrol or diesel engine. This hybrid variant too can achieve about 70 percent lower CO2 emissions.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I anticipate the fruits of Volvo’s ReCharge concept/efforts will be my next car. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Okay, so Volvo will do a plug-in parallel hybrid in 2012 instead of the plain parallel hybrid originally announced - more aggressive plans, which is good.<p>I wonder what will be the launch model. The V70 is just for demonstration, and Odell declined to identify the production model. He did say it would have CO2 emissions of 50 g/km or less, which suggests one of the smaller models?<br>
 

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What happed to the C30 plug in Hybrid? Wasn't that with a California company? It is noble that Volvo wants to be the leader but they have a long way to go.
 

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2012 for the current system (rear axle motor), 2009 for start-stop and something else pretty exciting in 2011..... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Volvo's rear axle electric motor is a much better solution than the Honda and Toyota systems with planatary gearsets and the motor between the engine and g/box. (Admittedly volvo had an ISG system in 2001 (prototypes driven by the press)) but Ford cancelled it). The 'new' hybrid design is more durable, simpler and enormously easier to service and maintain (NB service). A very 'Volvo' design......
 

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Media.volvocars.com<p>Oct 02, 2008 ID:16894 <br> <p>--------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br> <br>Volvo Cars presents an aggressive roadmap for reducing CO2 emissions<p> <p>Together with the introduction of three fuel-efficient DRIVe cars with CO2 emissions below 120 g, Volvo Cars is unveiling an aggressive roadmap for cutting CO2 emissions. The aim is to have DRIVe models with emissions of about 100 g/km (3.8 l/100 km) within a few years. An innovative micro-hybrid will be introduced in 2011, followed a year later by a diesel hybrid.<br> <br>"Environmental focus is naturally a high priority. In parallel with work on a diesel hybrid, we are conducting an intensive hunt to cut CO2 emissions throughout the driveline range. Within a couple of years we will have cars with emissions below 100 g/km," says Volvo Cars CEO and President Stephen Odell.<p> <p>The systematic measures for getting there encompass both optimisation of drivelines and components on the car itself, for instance regarding aerodynamics and rolling resistance.<p> <p>"Together these measures offer huge potential and we will achieve significant results during the coming three-year period," says Stephen Odell.<p> <p>The aim is that the DRIVe versions of the Volvo C30, S40 and V50 should touch the 100 g (3.8 l/100 km) target within a few years.<p> <p>In 2011, the aim is that Volvo customers will be able to buy a Volvo S60 with CO2 emissions below 120 g/km (4.5 l/100 km), a Volvo S80 that produces less than 130 g/km (4.9 l/100 km) and a Volvo XC60 below 140 g/km (5.3 l/100 km). All these variants will be diesel-powered.<p> <p>Innovative micro-hybrid with unique benefits<p>The big improvements in 2011 will be achieved not least with the so-called micro-hybrid that will be introduced in early 2011.<p> <p>Volvo Cars' innovative micro-hybrid, that is to say a start-stop function that switches off the combustion engine when the vehicle is at a standstill, offers several benefits compared with other manufacturers' solutions.<p> <p>It can be used in combination with both manual and automatic transmission. With a manual gearbox, it additionally gives the driver the opportunity to change his mind, that is to say the engine can be started immediately even if the car has not come to a complete standstill. Nor does the gear lever need to be put into neutral.<p> <p>"A micro-hybrid gives fuel savings of 4-5 percent in a mixed driving cycle. However, the actual effect is considerably greater when driving in the city with its frequent stop-go traffic. Our system also has the benefit of being able to be adapted to most of our drivelines," explains Magnus Jonsson, Senior Vice President, Research & Development at Volvo Cars.<p> <p>GTDi technology in petrol engines<p>When it comes to petrol engines, Volvo Cars will in 2009 start introducing a new generation of four-cylinder turbocharged engines with direct injection, a technology known as GTDi (Gas Turbo Direct injection).<p> <p>"GTDi technology makes it possible to step down one engine size from five to four cylinders with unaffected performance, but with 20-30 percent lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions," explains Magnus Jonsson.<p> <p>Diesel hybrid with an electric motor on the rear axle<p>In the diesel hybrid that Volvo Cars is developing, the front wheels are driven by a further-developed variant of Volvo's five-cylinder D5 turbodiesel, while the rear wheels get a separate electric motor.<p> <p>Cooperation between the two power sources and the distribution of power between the two pairs of wheels are electronically controlled to provide both effective four-wheel drive and the lowest possible fuel consumption in different driving scenarios.<p> <p>This diesel engine in the hybrid system also comes with a start-stop function that switches off the engine when the car is at a standstill.<p> <p>"The diesel hybrid is a highly interesting solution since it is based on a sophisticated combination of the already energy-efficient diesel and electronics. Unlike a petrol hybrid, our solution will offer considerable environmental benefits both in city driving and when out on the open highway," says Stephen Odell.<p> <p>When it is launched in 2012, the diesel hybrid is expected to cut what will by then already be a lower fuel consumption figure by an additional 10-15 percent. <p> <p>Plug-in hybrid next step<p>The next step is a plug-in hybrid, which is scheduled to come after 2012. The battery pack in a plug-in hybrid is recharged overnight via a regular household power socket and this gives the car an operating range of about 100 kilometres on electric power alone. If necessary, the car's combustion engine starts up to recharge the batteries while driving.<p> <p>For more information, please contact Maria Bohlin, [email protected], <p>phone +46 (0)31-59 65 25.<p>So....start stop on the big cars in 2011, non-plug in hybrid in 2012 and plug in hybrid in 2012 too.<p>rolls out across the range? something different for smaller cars ie ReCharge powertrain?<p>either way, lots of exciting work going on, C30R, V30, GTDi, DI Si6, new 4 cylinder petrols, new 4 cylinder diesels, new D5...... nice <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><br>
 

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seems the P1 cars (C30/S40/V50) go the start-stop micro-hybrid system early. The original Driv-e cars were on sale for one year only before the start-stop versions came out.....interesting.<p>I LIKE Stephen Odell's "product led recovery". Very good management.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Thanatos</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">What happed to the C30 plug in Hybrid? Wasn't that with a California company? It is noble that Volvo wants to be the leader but they have a long way to go.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>The C30 ReCharge Concept is a plug-in series hybrid, which is the next step. 2015 or later is the closest Volvo has ever come to giving a specific date. There is no Califonia company involved. Just that the Volvo design team is based in California.<p>Let's put this in perspective. Volvo's hybrid roadmap announced last year was:<p>Micro-hybrid, i.e., advanced start-stop - 2011<br>Parallel full-hybrid, no plug in capability - 2012<br>Plug-in series hybrid - after 2012<p>Volvo delivered basic start-stop functionality on the C30, S40 and V50 DRIVe models this year. The advanced version, which is compatible with auto transmissions, is still in the works. The current Volvo start-stop models have the same C02 emissions as the 2009 Prius, but consume ~10% less fuel; i.e., 3.9 vs 4.3 l/100 km.<p>A plug-in parallel hybrid in 2012 is another acceleration of the previously announced plan. These cars will have 45% less CO2 emissions than the new 2010 Prius, and consume 50% less fuel - under 2 l/100 km vs 3.9 l/100 km on the Euro test cycle. 2 l/100 km is 118 mpg, US gallons.<p>That's a huge jump!<p>Video: <A HREF="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhCrsqMgTyI&feature=channel_page" TARGET="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v..._page</A><br><BR><BR>
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indeed! product plans have (very wisely) been brought forward.<p>Just a nice idea for you, the ReCharge powertrain need not have motors in each wheel. As Volvo has now demonstrated, a motor for the rear axle is more than adaquate to power the car. Keep the engine packaging in its current form but place a generator where the g/box currently is (AKA ReCharge) and there you have the drivetrain for a FULL volvo range of electric vehicles with range extending batteries. Smaller engines like 3 cylinder 1 litre jobbies would be adaquate.........<p>For packaging, also possible to make a front axle sub-system like the Volt with engine and motor mounted parallel.<p><IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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your wish will be granted with the new SI6 DI <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> (two versions)
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>seattle</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Shimon - jdsr917 lives in New York, as opposed to Yorkshire. The question is will HIS wish be granted?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yes, the new SI6 engines are coming.
 

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sure, the SI6 DI replaces the current two SI6 engines.....<p>Volvo is currently testing diesel prototypes in the states. Waiting to see if the market demands are good enough. NB, plug in hybrid was a diesel to make the car even better on fuel but volvo can also offer petrol engine up front.<p>I know fuel prices in the US are rising, diesel is still more expensive than petrol/ gas. In the UK, petrol and diesel are now almost the same price!! Petrol has gone up and up and up this past two weeks. Now both are £1/litre! <p>In most industrys, two big ideas fight it out and then one eventually wins and becomes te standard. With DI, HCCI for petrol and new common rail and HCCI of diesel both petrol and diesel now have new weapons in their battle with each other. Been fighting for 100 years and doesnt look like one is going to win anytime soon.<p>VW group is bringing diesels to the US at the time when its vehicles are by far the least reliable. Fast development times and rapid addition of new models is taking its tole heavily on VW and Audi. As a Volvo fan, I have no interest in VW group succeeding.
 

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Waiting to see if the market demands are good enough.....<p><br>I work in an very self conciously "green" market. The number of folks that come through the store with the intent of only buying a diesel or a hybrid is quite high. Who knows how many folks simply don't visit because Volvo has no current option. Most of these folks, quite frankly, have no use for any rational discussion about the relative economic benefits or even the environmental benefits. They just want that "green" badge on the back of thier new car so that they can feel better about themselves. <p>My opinion is that the presence of an alternative fuel vehicle would increase sales of Gasoline power Volvos simply by increasing the showroom traffic. Hence, I'd love to know how Volvo intends to determind "market demands"
 

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Volvo is currently offering ethanol E15 versions of every car in its lineup with the exception of the C70 and XC90. Plus, CNG trifuel model launched in Sweden this month (CNG, petrol or E15 ethanol). What other fuels could the US support apart from diesel and gas?<p>Situation in the UK is we have no support for alternative fuels. Only one is LPG and that isnt renewable. See just-auto.com article on "Sweden turning Europe Green with envy). Need support for local fuels before the cars can come! Sweden leads the way in promotive and exploring alternative fuels. Volvo AB is working on DME extensively, Volvo Cars reevaluating CNG/methane. So much so, new cars being launched. But, we couldnt get CNG in the UK! Swedes making it locally (like ethanol) from decomposing sewage.<p>Volvo is aware of the rising popularity of diesel's in the US. To help the case, dealers need to continue to remind HQ of the volume of enquiries..... it all helps...but you'll get them soon anyway
 
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