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VOLVO TESTING BODY PANELS THAT DOUBLE AS A BATTERY

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VOLVO TESTING BODY PANELS THAT DOUBLE AS A BATTERY

By Mark Kleis

Imagine if the hundreds of extra pounds added to the weight of hybrid vehicles from the added batteries could be completely removed by instead taking a part of the car that is already necessary and adding a second function to those existing pieces. Then imagine making those pieces even lighter than the less functional pieces they replaced.

Volvo and several European organizations did exactly that.

Volvo is currently the sole automaker involved in a an advanced study that is looking into special composites that are based in carbon fiber that allow for the composite to retain and discharge an electrical charge much like a modern car battery - but faster. The materials development was launched by Imperial College in London, England, and also involves nine other European companies and institutes.

The project, with the help of 3.5 million Euros from the European Union, is taking a composite blend of carbon fiber and polymer resin and creating a unique composite material that is lighter than a traditional vehicle body panel by roughly 15 percent, while simultaneously doubling as a rechargeable battery.

In fact, the material is so advanced it is actually capable of obtaining and discharging energy faster than a car battery can, much like capacitors used in aftermarket car stereos.

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