September 30, 2010 20:25 by Ty
Volvo is developing car body panels to be used as energy storage with nanomaterials made of extremely thin and strong carbon fiber. The roof, hood and doors will be used as battery storage for energy and can reduce weight by 15% per panel. By adding these energy battery panels, the battery power capacity is nearly doubled in a hybrid and EV car. Additional rage for an electric vehicle (EV) car is projected to be an additional 80 miles. The body panels will charge and discharge when the car’s electric motor is used. Energy can be stored in the panels thorough the cars alternator / generator, harnessing energy when the car brakes, and by plugging into the electricity power grid. Volvo’s ultimate goal is the replace the battery entirely, but more research and development is required to make that jump.