A revolving question after planet earth’s scientists arrived in the electric car era is, in what format should electric vehicle cars’ battery should take shape? At least, that is the question team of scientists at Volvo and Imperial College in London have been trying to figure out and finally come out with the answer…
On the above sketch, you would probably have noticed that Tomorrow’s Volvo Car will have a rechargeable battery build into the car’s body panels, which means, lighter overall vehicle weight and longer lasting power for the Volvo’s near future EVs.This is, in fact, part of a three-year, 3.5 million Euro (approx. USD4.7millions) material development project initiated by the Imperial College in London earlier this year. Volvo, along with eight other international partners (where none of them are car manufacturers), trying to describe the material as a composite blends of carbon fibres and polymer resin is being developed to achieve the capabilities of storing and charging energy in a faster pace compare to any other conventional batteries capable of.
Furthermore, the material is meant to be extremely strong and supple, as it could be shaped for use in building the car’s body panels with ease. The material is expected to bring down 15 percent of the Steel body panel weight, and with the battery and solar harvesting technology incorporated in the hood, doors and roof, the car would have a range of about 80 miles.
As testings are currently under way, we will need to be patient to wait if the vision could be transformed into reality.