An extended range plug-in hybrid from…Volvo
What it Is
Volvo ReCharge Concept Preview – 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show: If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Chevrolet must be getting embarrassed. Volvo’s C30-based ReCharge concept boasts a gasoline engine, electric motors at each wheel and batteries to create a distinctly Volt-like vehicle. With a battery-only range of 100 kilometers (about 60 miles), the ReCharge uses its engine to recharge the batteries, rather than actually drive the car. Interestingly, while the engine is designed to automatically start when only 30 percent of battery life remains, the driver can control when it cuts in with a switch on the dash. Concepts like this are great, but we’ll save our cheers for when they make it to the road.
by Keith Buglewicz
Photo Credit: Volvo