Volvo Cars want to electrify its lineup by 2030 completely, and on Wednesday, it offered a glimpse into how it plans to get there and what its next generation of vehicles might look like.
But it’s not going to do it alone. Although the automaker plans to develop its in-car operating system and other car parts, Volvo Cars detailed how it intends to work with partners like Northvolt, Google, and Luminar to also unveiled the first images of “Concept Recharge,” a concept EV with flat floors, two interior screens, and rear “suicide doors” that open from the middle of the vehicle.vehicles lineup. It
The Concept Recharge is also outfitted with Luminar sensors, in line with an earlier announcement that Volvo Cars’ forthcoming flagshipwill be equipped with Luminar’s technology stack as standard.
On the battery front, Volvo Cars are working with Swedish battery developer Northvolt on a pack that it says will enable a range of up to around 621 miles — a massive achievement of energy density, should Northvolt pull it off. The two companies aim to build a gigafactory in Europe by 2026 in a new 50-50 joint venture, with a potential annual capacity of up to 50 gigawatt hours. Volvo Cars will also source 15 GWh of in Skellefteå, Sweden, from 2024.
Future Volvo Cars vehicles will be capable of bidirectional charging. This capability can turn the EV into a mobile generator or a mini, offloading excess energy to the electricity grid.
Volvo said its OS, VolvoCars.OS will act as an “umbrella system” for underlying operating systems, including its infotainment system led by Google and tech from Linux, QNX, and AUTOSAR. While the control units, these will run on a core computing system of three main computers developed in partnership with Nvidia.
The automaker also discussedits flagship electric SUV with Luminar’s sensor suite and technology from Volvo’s software arm Zenseact. Executives shirked questions asking to specify the level of the autonomous system — referring to the scale developed by the Society of Automobile Engineers to measure the level of autonomy in a driving system — saying that they preferred to discuss the forthcoming AV driving system in terms of supervised or unsupervised. Under those terms, Volvo said the two modes — Cruise and Ride— would require driver supervision and no supervision, respectively. It said it would gradually launch unsupervised functionality at some .
The open system will generate tons of customer driving data, and Volvo doesn’t intend to go to waste. The automaker said it aims to build a data factory to process the information it collects from customers that use its autonomous drive(with their consent). It would use this the system, which it would push to vehicles via over-the-air updates.
“We need to transform this company from just a premium conventional company. We need to transform it into a leader in the new premium electric segment, which is growing very fast,” Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson said. “We need to understand batteries like we understand the combustion engine.”