Whatever the case, the company says its new Concept Recharge comes as a statement that “electrification is more than simply a shift in powertrains” and seems just about ready to deliver a new paradigm in car design with the clear intention to showcase the “manifesto for the next generation of all-electric Volvos.” As always, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and some might even deride the company’s boxy styling and the 90-degree door opening that reminds of side-by-side refrigerators.
On the other hand, boxy designs have been a staple of Volvo styling for decades, and that door feature enables easy access to both the front and back rows. Better yet, by entirely taking the internal combustion engine out of the equation, Volvo says its designers were allowed to both maximize interior space and improve aerodynamic efficiency.
The company also officially reveals that its next generation of electric cars won’t have a shared architecture with the ICE counterparts, so the company’s first SUV on a purpose-built EV platform will come with a flat floor, as previewed by the Concept Recharge. This is where the full battery pack resides, and the prototype also introduces the world to Volvo’s new design language that continues on a path of “less but better.”
We now have shorter overhangs with an increased wheelbase, no traditional grille, a reinterpretation of Thor’s Hammer lights, very slim vertical taillights (reimagined with a set of wings that extend at high cruising speeds), and repositioned seats with a very large storage area in between the front ones. Technology is also a key player, as Volvo premieres a big 15-inch touchscreen for the next-generation connected infotainment system and a Luminar LiDAR sensor that collects data from the rooftop.