Volvo arrived late in the market with eco-friendly “green” cars, although since the 1970’s the Volvo company have been committed to helping with the preservation of the environment throughout the entire life cycle of their cars. The company launched the energy efficient, low CO2 emission focused car range under the sub-brand DRIVe, in 2008. To read the reviews on the Volvo DRIVe range click here.
Volvo DRIVe concentrates on Life Cycle
The Volvo DRIVe not only covers CO2 emission and fuel efficiency but also concentrates on the entire life cycle from production to recycling. The Volvo DRIVe promotes sustainable mobility towards zero emission.
Volvo DRIVe Range
The Volvo was late in launching the DRIVe range but with strong innovation skills made up for the lost time. After a year had passed in 2009, the DRIVe had seven cars under this sub-brand available. All models have emissions below 160g/km CO2. This range of cars included the C30, S40, V50, V70, S80, XC60, and XC70. All these cars have diesel engines and have a manual gearbox. There are additional features in DRIVe such as reduction in tyre roll resistance; updated software for the engine, a lower chassis and covered grilles.
Volvo DRIVe – Start Stop Function
An additional feature of the Volvo DRIVe is the Start/Stop function that enables the switching off of the engine when the car is not in motion. The engine switches off if the car is in neutral and the clutch is released. This technique reduces the fuel consumption and also CO2 emissions by 4% to 5% in mixed driving conditions. This technology also powers down the air conditioning when the car comes to a stand still, but automatically reactivates when the engine starts again. This feature is made possible in Volvo cars by the use of an additional small battery. These cars also feature quick and smooth start-ups.
Volvo DRIVe Fuel Saving
The models C30, S40 and V50 have a 1.6D diesel engine with Start/Stop feature and a regenerative charge facility, which provides quick charging by using the cars kinetic energy; the engines do not have to use diesel fuel alone as a power source for the batteries. This provides a fuel saving of 2% to 3%.
Flexi Fuel Models
Volvo also have the most extensive range of cars that use the alternative fuel bio-ethanol in the models, C30, S40, S50, V50, V70, and S80. These cars are referred to as the Flexi fuel models. The V70 model runs on 2.5FT/gas in Sweden and also caters for different fuels: E85, biogas, CNG, and bio-methane. The V50 Tri-Fuel in Italy runs on E85, LPG and petrol. The V50 multi-fuel cars in Switzerland run on E85, petrol, CNG and biogas.
Volvo DRIVe Aerodynamics
After much research in the wind tunnel the cars also benefit from enhanced aerodynamics, increasing fuel efficiency. The European manufacturing unit uses only green electricity from hydropower sources.
These Volvo cars are designed for 85% recycling and 95% recoverability. The Model XC60 is RRR Certified. RRR stands for Re-use, Recycling, and Recovery to 95%.
The Volvo’s eco-friendly car ranges are not only limited to the Drive line-up but all the new cars are and will be 5% to 7% more eco-responsive. The Volvo DRIVe is just a first step towards the really low CO2 emission cars. Reviews of each DRIVe model can be read here.