Using cutting-edge technology and forward thinking, Volvo is reducing its carbon footprint by designing cars that are environmentally friendly.
Volvo’s vision for the future is an initiative known as “DRIVe Towards Zero,” a plan to eradicate harmful emissions by developing cars that run entirely emission free.
To achieve greater fuel efficiency from its vehicles, Volvo is preparing for the future by developing models that can use multiple sources of fuel. These fuel sources include gasoline, diesel, ethanol, natural gas/biogas, bioethanol and synthetic diesel.
Volvo plans for the entire lifecycle of the car including design, construction, production, use, servicing and recycling. Approximately 85 percent of materials used in Volvo cars can be recycled, and 95 percent of those materials can be recovered.
Cars powered solely by electricity are being developed with the hope of one day eliminating all harmful emissions. The Volvo C30 Electric can travel 93 miles on a single battery charge and can reach a speed of 80 mph. A totally drained battery takes just eight hours to recharge.
Volvo is also developing plug-in hybrids, cars that have both an electric motor and a conventional combustion engine. These vehicles can be charged by plugging a cable into a standard household electrical outlet. The Volvo V60 is a dynamic new plug-in hybrid that is currently available in Europe.
In addition to plug-in hybrids, full hybrids are also being produced. A full hybrid has a self-charging electric motor and a combustion engine. The self-charging feature uses energy from braking to charge the batteries. Volvo plans to continue combining fuel-efficient combustion engines with electric cars to provide very low fuel consumption.
With its sights set on the future, Volvo will continue to research and develop ways to improve its sustainability and preserve the environment. Technological breakthroughs are being made every day as the movement to completely eliminate harmful emissions rolls on.