EU Forecast of increased Electric Cars Sales Questioned

Volvo V60 Hybrid

The European Commission predicts increased sales in electric cars in a study for eco-friendly transportation. But Volvo challenges the forecast saying it’s too optimistic and unrealistic.

In an effort to build a single European transport area, the EU has drafted a white paper “that will increase mobility, remove barriers in key areas and fuel growth and employment”. At the same time, the initiative will reduce Europe’s dependence on imported oil and cut carbon emissions in transport to 60% by 2050.

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Electromobility – Concerns over the Electrification of Europe

Volvo V60 Hybrid
Volvo V60 Hybrid
At this year’s Electromobility event that takes place today in Brussels, the politicians and car manufacturers will discuss the future of the electric car in Europe. This important EU debate will look at challenges and priorities towards zero emissions. Well, we all know that there’s no such thing as a true zero emission car but if the EU officials prefer this “greenwashing” term, let them use it.

Meanwhile the debate is expected to go far and beyond the electric cars. The future target for CO2 emissions is set at

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Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid – Expensive

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid
Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid
It was revealed that the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is set to hit the dealerships before the long-awaited debut of the Toyota Prius Plug-in. We’ll see who’s going to make it first, but one is already set in stone – the V60 is going to be an expensive plug-in car. The base price is EUR57,000 or nearly £48,000 but it is understood that the price will depend on the market. In other words, as cars are always more expensive in Britain, don’t expect to get it for £48,000 here.

Don’t get me wrong, the V60 is a great car and I hope it sells, however, one has to be realistic with a price tag like that. And Volvo is realistic about it – they plan to manufacture no more than 5000 units per year

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Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid Arrives in 2012

Volvo V60
Volvo V60

Presented at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Volvo will get its first hybrid car in serial production next year. Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid will be equipped with a diesel2.4-liter five-cylinder used in tandem with an electric motor mounted on the rear axle. The latter will be connected to a litium-ion battery with a capacity of 12 kWh.

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Siemens and Volvo to Join Forces

Volvo C30
Volvo C30

Whenever they mention Siemens, it gives me a bit of a nostalgia. I’ve been using their mobile phones for years and it made me sad when they stopped. Nevertheless, they’ve always been know as the guys with their fingers in many pies. Now to add to their impressive list of inventions and involvements, they’ve branched into drives for electric cars.

Siemens and Volvo have opted for a partnership aiming at developing electric drive technology and charging devices

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Volvo Developing a Contactless Charging System

Volvo Wireless Contactless Charging System
Checkered jumpers are out of fashion but the wireless system is impressive

In 2009 I reported on Nissan developing an inductive charging system for electric cars. The principle of operation is electromagnetic induction between two coils. The flow of electric current into the transmitting coil that is embedded into asphalt creates magnetic field that induces current in the receiver that is located under the car. As an idea, it is great – we’d have weather-proof and hooligan-proof charging stations that are very simple to operate.

A couple of days ago Volvo announced that they’re working on a similar system together with Belgian development gurus Flanders’ Drive, Van Hool bus makers, Bombardier tram maker and other

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