1 000km of electric range - Here's how Volvo plans to combat 'range anxiety'

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• Volvo Cars is working on batteries that can offer up to 1 000km range.

• The automaker is in partnership with Swedish company Northvolt.

• Volvo is looking to simplifying the design of its batteries.

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Volvo Cars is bringing battery cell technology development and production closer to home and aims to tailor its future batteries to the needs of its customers: a longer range and faster charging times.

The company plans to work with leading Swedish battery company Northvolt to further increase the energy density in its battery cells by up to 50% compared to what is on the market today. Later this decade, Volvo Cars also looks to break the 1 000Wh/L energy density milestone to achieve 1000km of real driving range.

Henrik Green, Volvo chief technology officer, said: "We want to constantly increase the customer benefits of driving a pure electric Volvo car. By simplifying the design and integration of our battery cells, we can reduce weight and maximise space, allowing for considerable improvements in battery capacity, range and charging times."

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While the company will increase the battery energy in its cars over the coming decade, it will also work to reduce its carbon impact continuously. Battery cells from Volvo Cars' planned collaboration with Northvolt aim to be produced using 100% renewable energy while working with other battery suppliers to do the same by 2025.

The collaboration with Northvolt is key to Volvo Cars' ambition to become a premium electric car segment leader and sell only pure electric vehicles by 2030. It also represents an important step in expanding its in-house capabilities for production and development, coupled with partnerships with technology leaders.

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