Volvo plug ins to hybrids

Posted by: Adam Aston on September 7, 2007

Volvo may be leaping into the hybrid game by going straight to a plug-in. The Swedish car maker (owned by Ford, for now, at least) plans to show a concept car that they will unveil at the Frankfurt car show next week. Interesting to note: the prototype has no conventional axle or transmission to make the wheels go. Instead, four electric motors, one connected to each wheel, will make it go. It’s an approach that heavy equipment makers, such as Caterpillar, have used because of its dependability and low maintenance. As designed, Volvo’s protoype will have a range of about 62 miles. For those with an appetite for tech-ier details, surf over to AutobogGreen and check out the video to see more details on how this all works.

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