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    Official: New Volvo 22-kW fast-charger drops recharge time to 90 minutes
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    A lot of factors play into an electric-vehicle's charging time, but a general rule is that the higher the on-board charger, the shorter that time will be. The on-board charger in the first-generation Nissan Leaf was 3.3 kW. The upgraded second-generation could use a 6.6 kW charger. On the new, ...

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    Official: Volvo finishes SATRE project, says 'road train' works
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    Now what? Volvo, which has been testing variations of its road-train transportation concept with multiple cars and lead trucks since 2009, says the test has been "successfully finalised during 2012." The SARTRE (Safe Road Trains for the Environment) concept involves a lead truck piloted by a ...

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    Official: Still kicking, EnerDel gets second battery contract for Volvo C30 Electric
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    Volvo vehicles are known to be able to withstand major crashes. We'll see if the maker of batteries for the Swedish automaker's C30 Electric can do the same. EnerDel, whose parent Ener1 declared bankruptcy in January, won its second contract to make lithium-ion batteries for the electric ...

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    Official: Electric vehicle fan says solar-powered EVs cut monthly driving costs in half
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    The solar panels are a big help. Our friend Peder Norby says his family's monthly transportation expenses for his two electric cars – a BMW ActiveE and Honda Fit EV are about half those for the two gas cars he and his wife used to drive. Norby calculates that the ActivE and Fit EV cost a ...

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    Video: Volvo's 'Tech World' might be shape of things to come, but it's hard to tell
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    Reveal just enough to keep things interesting. That's what Volvo's trying to do by launching a website highlighting its efforts to improve its technology related to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. Volvo is producing its "Tech World" website to highlight advancements such as deriving fuel ...

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    Official: Volvo's Sartre road train's autonomous cars go 50 mph over 120 miles in Spain
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    With each new phase of Volvo's Sartre road train project, we get another glimpse into how the fuel-saving technology is evolving. This time, Volvo has tested the technology on public roads in Spain, calling the event "highly successful." Volvo used three vehicles – a XC60, a V60 and a S60 ...

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    Official: Heico Sportiv debuts Volvo V40 mods with bio-diesel racer
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    The V40 is a vital product not only for Volvo itself, but also for the tuners that specialize in customizing the Swedish automobiles. See especially, Heico Sportiv. The German tuning firm hinted a few weeks ago at its impending line of accessories for the new sportwagon, and has now followed up ...

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    Report: Volvo will start V60 diesel plug-in hybrid deliveries in Europe by year-end
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    If you're European and have a cool $80,000 at your disposal, you probably don't have to worry fuel costs. Volvo would like to give you the option to care about them even less, though, just in case. Across the pond, the Swedish automaker plans to start deliveries of its V60 diesel plug-in hybrid ...

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    Video: Watch Volvo's hybrid semi-truck set a land speed record
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    Volvo is taking its Mean Green hybrid truck on U.S. tour for a few months. One of the stops between Toronto Tuck World and the Volvo Ocean Race in Miami was Wendover, UT, to attempt a couple of record-breaking speed runs. Mean Green uses a 16-cylinder engine that puts out 1,900-horsepower, tied ...

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    Official: Volvo cuts European fleetwide emissions by 13% over past two years
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    Volvo said it has cut its European fleetwide emissions from its gas- and diesel-powered vehicles by 13 percent during the past few years and is looking to reduce emissions even further starting next year. For the 2013 model year, the Swedish automaker will debut a five-cylinder 2.0-liter, ...

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    Official: Volvo CEO challenges EU, says it's "far too early" to dismiss fossil fuels
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    Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby may be steering a company that is working on plug-in vehicles like the XDC60 plug-in hybrid and the C30 Electric, but he recently told an industry seminar in Brussels that an all-of-the-above approach is the right one. To wit, "It is far too early to dismiss the ...

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    Official: Volvo shoots for 165 mile-per-hour hybrid-truck speed record
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    Sometimes, we don't ask why, we just appreciate. That's the attitude we're taking towards "Mean Green," the Volvo truck that the Swedish company is using to try and set the land-speed record for hybrid trucks. And while neither the words "hybrid" or "truck" conjure up images of blazing speed, ...

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    Geneva: 2012 Volvo V40 takes aim at A3, 1 Series
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    With the S40 gone and the C30 on its way out the door, Volvo has a few holes in its line that Audi and BMW are happy to fill with the all-new A3 and 1 Series, respectively. Enter the V40, a five-door hatch that's one of the most attractive designs from Sweden since the Ikea Skürg. It's a ...

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    Official: Volvo developing ELVIIS EV charging system to ease payments from any outlet
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    Volvo is working with Ericsson and Gothenburg Energy on developing a system in which electric-vehicle drivers can control EV charging levels and make payments for electricity from inside of the car. The companies, who've named the project ELVIIS (Electric Vehicle Intelligent Infra Structure), ...

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    Official: Volvo introduces production V60 diesel plug-in hybrid
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    Volvo is laying claim to the first production diesel plug-in hybrid title with the company's new V60. The vehicle makes use of a five-cylinder 2.4-liter turbo diesel engine with 215 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission as well as an electric motor ...

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    Video: Volvo crashes V60 Plug-in Hybrid
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    Volvo vehicles keep occupants safe. That's the message the Swedish automaker has pitched for decades now and that sentiment hasn't changed a bit with the introduction of Volvo's electrified vehicles. First, Volvo showed us that its electric-only C30 DRIVe fared exceptionally well in crash tests ...

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    Volvo led European automakers in CO2 reductions in 2010, still trails #1 Fiat
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    In its sixth annual analysis, the European Federation for Transport and Environment found that Volvo led all European automakers in CO2 emissions reductions in 2010. The analysis shows that the Swedish automaker reduced its European fleet-wide emissions by nine percent in 2010, while most other ...

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    Technical details on the Volvo C30 electric's motor
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    The lovely – though far too pricey for our tastes – Volvo C30 Electric DRIVe will get its motivation from Brusa Elektronik AG-supplied electric motors. Based in Germany, Brusa says its drivetrain systems will power at least 250 – possibly more based upon demand – C30 ...

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    Frankfurt: Volvo details downsized VEA four-cylinder gas and diesel engines
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    Swedish automaker Volvo says it will take the "next step towards zero emissions" with the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show unveiling of downsized four-cylinder gas and diesel engines. Peter Mertens, Volvo's senior vice-president of research and development, claims:

    It's time to stop counting ...

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    Video: Volvo teases Concept You ahead of Frankfurt debut
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    Swedish automaker Volvo has video teased its Concept You ahead of its 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show debut. Details on the concept are scarce, but Volvo says the vehicle will showcase the automaker's recently announced Volvo Environmental Architecture (VEA) and Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA). ...

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