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While major US automakers focus on hybrid and fuel cell vehicles, Volvo took a different path and revealed a sports car powered entirely by lithium-ion batteries. Volvo's 3CC concept car won "Best Design" and five Gold Standards at the latest Michelin Challenge Bibendum environmental competition in Shanghai, China.

"Not only does 3CC combine classic Volvo styling signals with exotic deep-wing doors and a tapered, 2 + 1 seat configuration, but it does so with a highly advanced lithium-ion battery drive. It is a step apart from the audience, which today is largely focused on hybrid and fuel cell concepts, says Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal.

"As in the past, ECC relayed new ideas in hybrid propulsion with its high-speed turbine generator design," Cogan adds, "today's Lithium ion 3CC innovates with its thousands of portable computer size batteries driving this zero emission car to impressive levels of efficiency and performance."

Advanced research on sustainable mobility and Volvo engineers have particularly focused on the conditions that regulate the safety of small cars and their ability to handle incoming forces in a frontal collision.

The unique aerodynamic design of Volvo's 3CC concept car provides space for a third spot in the back. The unique ducktail design creates space for a third seat in the back, while the batteries are stuck in the floor panels.

The concept car 3CC has an 80 kilowatt engine that delivers up to 107 horsepower, it has a potential driving range of 300 km (about 180 miles). 3CC has a top speed of over 135 km per hour.

The carbon fiber body is mounted on a steel frame and composite plates, allowing the light vehicle to run at 60 miles per hour in less than 10 seconds. Volvo says that 3CC can travel 180 miles on a charge under ideal driving conditions

Volvo 3 CC's safety features include the Volvo Safety Ride Down Concept, a unique solution with a seat system that moves forward, a bit like a sled, while the front is deformed. This movement is slowed down by adaptive shock absorbers that tailor the damping effect to suit the collision force and the number and weight of the passengers. The interior can be moved between 0 and 200 mm forward, which has the same overall effect as stretching the curvature zone with a corresponding length. It has places that slide forward at the moment of deformation, the intention to compensate for the small car's traditional lack of space in the curvature zone.

Virtual tests showed that the most important part of a rollout system is the energy absorber and that it must be adaptive in order to be a viable concept, by responding to differences in occupant load and crash severity ".

An eco-friendly car that must also be comfortable, pleasant to drive, attractive to look at and safe to drive is a completely new method. The result is the Volvo 3CC, a sporty and attractive, extremely aerodynamic and compact car equipped with an energy-efficient electric motor.

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