News from Volvo
Volvo vehicles already share data in real time
Volvo continues to investigate vehicle communication (V2V) to improve road safety. Now they have taken an important step forward and announce collaboration between Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks. Between the vehicles of both divisions will begin to have an exchange of data in real time based on the cloud and that would serve to alert other drivers of possible dangers on the road. The first vehicles that will share data are already on the streets. These are some trucks sold in Sweden and Norway that have their own emergency warning systems and, on the other hand, the cars that have the Swedish brand’s warning system for emergency lights (Hazard Light Alert). Of course, all these shared data in real time will be totally anonymous and will only serve to provide for other drivers.
The emergency lighting alert system was presented in 2016 and can already be included in most models of the Volvo range. It consists in that when a vehicle puts the emergency lights an alert is sent to others who are around to warn them that something is happening. It is especially useful in a section of curves or changes in grade, when there is no visibility or too much room for maneuver. At Volvo they are convinced that the more vehicles share data in real time, the better the system will work and the more accidents can be avoided. With the union of Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks in this technology will cover a significant percentage of vehicles in the Scandinavian region and also in Europe. Swedes compare this transfer of knowledge to the release of the three-point safety belt patent in 1959.
Volvo says that electric will be 50% of its sales in 2025
Volvo’s electrification strategy is complete and ambitious. They have already made clear their intention to have two hybrid versions of each model in the market, using their new SPA and CMA platforms. In fact all the new models that launch from 2019 will have an electrical component: they will be hybrids, plug-in hybrids or totally electric. And that will only be the beginning. The next step of the brand will be towards a 100% electric future. Estimates say that 50% of its sales for the year 2025 will correspond to electric vehicles. For these figures to be met, Volvo has high hopes for China, a leading market in this type of mobility. The government of this country believes that the electric will account for 20% of total sales by 2025. It is no nonsense we would be talking about more than 7 million cars. But to get to that point Volvo still has a way to go.
At the moment it has some plug-in hybrids in its range, the first to arrive were the 90-series models. The Volvo XC90, S90 and V90 have long been available with the T8 Twin Engine. This mechanics combines an engine with four cylinders and 2.0 liters with an electric one to develop 407 HP and offer an electric range of about 50 kilometers. Meanwhile the Swedes are still preparing their first 100% electric model that could be unveiled next year and will be produced in China.