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Volvo receives grant for electric car research<p>Author Linda Genborg 2009-03-31<br> <br>From Goteborg Daily <A HREF="http://webnews.textalk.com/en/article.php?id=373380" TARGET="_blank">http://webnews.textalk.com/en/...73380</A><p>Image: Volvo Cars <p><br>Volvo Cars has been given a grant of 39 million kronor for electric car research by Energimyndigheten (the Energy Agency). <p>The research will focus on batteries, electricity driven motors and safety aspects. <p>- With this grant we hope to gain knowledge about how electricity driven cars can reach the same safety levels, comfort standards and performance as normal cars, said Energimyndigheten's director-general, Tomas Kåberger, in a comment to the press release. <p>-Edit- this is in addition to the R&D project with Saab and Vattenfall etc which is current ly running 10 prototypes (possibly C30s) in Sweden<p><br>from media.volvocars.com<p>Volvo Car Corporation launches unique cooperation for the development of plug-in hybrid cars in Sweden<p>Together with electricity provider Vattenfall, Saab Automobile, ETC and the Swedish state, Volvo Car Corporation is launching a joint broad-based research venture to develop spearhead technology in the area of plug-in hybrid cars. Sweden will be the arena for the field tests.<p>"I see this project as a positive further development of sustainable personal transport. We have a unique opportunity to take the lead when it comes to innovations for advanced green-car technology", says Fredrik Arp, President and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation.<p>The aim of the project, which is being carried out jointly by Volvo Car Corporation, Saab Automobile, Vattenfall and ETC, is to develop and demonstrate the next-generation hybrid cars. A fleet of 10 plug-in hybrids will be produced that can be recharged directly from the mains wall socket.<p>Volvo has long experience of cooperation with a variety of society's actors and with this project the company aims to participate in and shape decisions and initiatives that are taken both within and outside the car industry.<p>"We want to be involved in setting up the rules for the future and to help build up broad-based competence in Sweden in this vital area," says Fredrik Arp.<p>Over a five-year period, Volvo will invest just over 11 billion SEK in development aimed at reducing fuel consumption and emissions. Volvo already offers its customers one of the industry's widest ranges of Flexifuel engines. In parallel the company is continuing to enhance the efficiency of its petrol- and diesel-powered cars. 2008 will see the launch of car models that release less than 120 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre.<p>Volvo is also focusing intensively on hybrid technology. In the medium term the company will introduce hybrid variants where an electric motor supports the combustion engine. In the longer term, plug-in hybrids will be introduced. One example of this was presented in autumn 2007 with the Volvo C30 ReCharge Concept. Used in the most effective way, this concept car cuts emissions of carbon dioxide by about 65 percent compared with the hybrid cars available on the market today. And if the electricity comes from CO2-sustainable sources such as hydropower and windpower, this figure improves still further.<p>"Within the next decade, electric vehicles are going to be needed if we are to meet forthcoming CO2 legislation," says Fredrik Arp.<br>
 

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Re: Volvo receives research grant for electric cars (Shimon)

They could start with a simple manual gearbox for the T6 .. .. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Volvo receives research grant for electric cars (Johann)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Johann</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">They could start with a simple manual gearbox for the T6 .. .. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>10s of us approve <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Volvo receives research grant for electric cars (Shimon)

<I>Talk about a wish come true.</I><br>Congratulations Volvo the future is yours to discover.<br>Well done.<br>Bravo. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Volvo receives research grant for electric cars (stev vanveit)

A "research grant for electric cars" does not mean "production." It just means some of the engineers don't get laid off. Whether or not it actually gets moved to the production line is another story. I'll get excited when it does. Until then, it's vaporware, like Volvo diesels here in the US.
 

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JPL Guy, you can proceed to get excited as the ReCharge driveline is heading for production <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Things are quiet from volvo on this front but things are far further along.....
 
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