The vast majority of prototypes of recent years are universal cars, for all occasions. And Lex Kerssemecker, Volvo's vice president of strategy, on the contrary, argues: the future lies with "different cars for different needs." Leading manufacturers for a long time did not show the public electric vehicles. And the creators of Volvo 3CC assure that they will "develop this concept."
The Swedish car is in many ways unusual. At least the fact that apart from the almost forgotten model 66 inherited from the Dutch DAF, whose Swedish compartment bought the passenger compartment in the mid-1970s, the current concept is the smallest Volvo in the history of the brand. The landing formula of the machine is only 3899 mm long - 2 + 1. It seems that designers are seriously interested in triple bodies. This is the case with the city Renault-Zo (ZR, 2005, No. 6), presented, like the Swedish concept, in Geneva. But unlike the Renault, on the narrow back sofa of the Volvo, instead of one adult, two children can be seated.
The Swedish electric car looks more sporty than urban. This is also emphasized by the doors that open upwards - such are fashionable on tuning machines. For the convenience of landing, the seats move back, and the dashboard - forward.
The body of the concept is a steel frame with panels of composite materials. Inside the two-layer floor, lithium-ion batteries. The electric motor produces 50 kW (about 69 hp) and 220 N.m in the range from 0 to 12, 000 rpm. They say that the “sandwich” floor design is convenient not only for an electric car, but also for a car running on gasoline, diesel fuel or gas. Of course, it is possible to hide fuel tanks underground. But then, apparently, you will have to re-engage in handling. At Volvo-3CC, it is said to be excellent, including due to batteries providing a very low center of gravity. But liquid fuel will be gradually consumed. By the way, the Volvo-3CC electric motor weighing only 50 kg, control electronics pulls another 30 kg.
The front-wheel drive car, its creators assure, easily reaches 135 km / h and picks up a hundred in about 10 seconds. A considerable merit in this is the designers who have achieved good aerodynamics. CX of the prototype is 30% lower than that of the S40 sedan. But the exact meaning, alas, is not indicated. To make the car as low as possible, they were wise over the suspensions: the front one - with horizontal shock absorbers.
Of course, the Swedish company would surprise fans without offering new products in the field of passive safety. The slide does not only provide seat adjustment. On them, the seats move 200 mm forward or 75 back in case of impact, and the hydraulic shock absorbers soften the flight. And with a frontal impact, the instrument panel moves, "running away" from the driver and front passenger to the hood. A similar design has already been demonstrated on the prototype Pininfarina-Nido (ZR, 2005, No. 1). I wonder if the device will appear in a production car soon?