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Jul 26th, 2013
 
Volvo's solar charging tent based on thin-film PV cells unveiled
 
Volvo has revealed a radical accessory for EVs and plug-ins with its “Pure Tension” portable solar charging “pavilion”.
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  • However, it will remain a concept only for the foreseeable future.

Fashioned from carbon fibre rods and tensioned high-density polyethylene mesh (aka HDPE –the hardy outdoor plastic material used in gutter-guard) embedded with thin-film photovoltaic cells, the collapsible device fits in the boot when it’s not in use.

Revealed in sneak-peek shots floating like a strange sea-creature over a rendered V60, it won Volvo Car Italia’s Switch to Pure Volvo Pavilion Design competition as a joint project from design and construction firms Synthesis Design + Architecture, Buro Happold and Fabric Images.

Green car site treehugger.com reports the device is expected to make its public debut with the Rome launch of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid in September.

Volvo and its designers aren’t making any power metrics available, with all saying the pavilion will remain a concept only for the foreseeable future.


 
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