True to the Scandinavian design tradition, the Concept Recharge is inspired by the mantra “less is more”. For example, by eliminating the internal combustion engine, the designers were able to develop the car’s proportions to increase interior space while improving aerodynamic efficiency. The result is a car that offers genuinely better solutions to support sustainable family life. By eliminating the engine and replacing it with a full battery pack under the flat floor, the designers increased the car’s wheelbase and wheel size. The result is shorter overhangs and much more space inside, as well as a large storage area between the front seats.

“Our Concept Recharge is intended to be the manifesto for Volvo Cars’ all-electric future, as well as a new type of vehicle,” commented Robin Page, head of design. “It sports new and modern proportions that go hand in hand with greater versatility and demonstrate what technology can enable in terms of design.” Volvo’s design language also takes on a new look inside the Concept Recharge. The flat floor offers more space and a better seating position for everyone in the cabin. The distinctive vertical taillights recall the brand’s strong styling heritage, but have been re-imagined as wings that unfold and extend to further improve overall aerodynamics.

“Inside Concept Recharge we have recreated the atmosphere of a typical Scandinavian living room,” explained Robin Page. “The interior integrates our latest user experience technology with beautiful, sustainable and natural materials.” A large 15-inch vertical touch screen is at the heart of a new and improved user experience for the carmaker’s next-generation, networked infotainment system. Designed to be logical and intuitive to use, the technology contributes to a peaceful and relaxing experience. The latest infotainment technology is perfectly matched to the distinctive Scandinavian design features: clean lines and extensive use of sustainable and natural materials in the cabin.