Volvo develops batteryinfused carbon fiber body panels ExtremeTech

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One of the impediments to making electric (EVs) a viable option for adoption continues to be the weight of Even with next-generation cells like those in Tesla vehicles, it s very and expensive to get enough juice into such a small Volvo has been toying EVs for a few years now, but the Swedish manufacturer has just announced a revolutionary approach to designing vehicles.

Volvo wants to replace of the steel body panels in its with carbon fiber materials that can store like a battery.

Using a Volvo S80 as a test platform, the replaced the trunk lid, panels, and hood with new material. The rechargeable panels are of multiple layers of carbon which are insulated from other by fiberglass inserts. The of polymer-infused carbon fiber are acting as the cathode and anode in system with super built into the skin.

The result is a structural component can be charged like the battery in any EV, either with regenerative or by plugging the vehicle into the grid.

Because the battery in this test care are heavy structural components doing away with the battery, the total weight is dramatically. Volvo estimates replacing an EV s entire power with battery-infused panels this would reduce the by 15%. To put that in context, s entry-level battery pack over 1,000 pounds.

Perhaps even more the weight will be evenly to allow for better handling and engineering hassle.

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Beyond the of fully electric vehicles, replacing a few parts of conventional could do away with the for heavy 12-volt batteries power the starter, lights, and components. In the middle ground, vehicles could also from rechargeable paneling.

This approach to powering EVs is not its drawbacks, though. While fiber is very strong, parts of a car are designed to collapse in the of an accident. By absorbing some of the from impact, the crumple can protect your squishy body from the worst of it. means more damage to the paneling in places like the and trunk, which will be to repair.

Emergency crews could face a new challenge trying to people from such a after a crash they essentially be trying to fish out of a giant damaged battery.

didn t say when it might use the in a production vehicle, but was keen to out the sustainability of such an approach. If does put structural batteries production, it will need to on lowering the cost of carbon which is still quite

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