Volvo Car Group Embeds Batteries, Supercaps in Carbon Fiber Body


Volvo's Car Group has embedded energy components into carbon fiber material used for car bodies, making it possible to improve energy usage and reduce space requirements.

Volvo Car Group has developed a revolutionary concept for lightweight structural energy storage components that could improve the energy usage of future electrified vehicles. The material, consisting of carbon fibre, nano structured batteries and super capacitors, offers lighter energy storage that requires less space in the car, cost effective structure options and is eco-friendly.

The project, funded as part of a European Union research project, included Imperial College London as the academic lead partner along with eight other major participants. Volvo was the only car manufacturer in the project. The project team identified a feasible solution to the heavy weight, large size and high costs associated with the batteries seen in hybrids and electric cars today, while maintaining the efficient capacity of power and performance. The research project took place over 3.5 years and is now realized in the form of car panels within a Volvo S80 experimental car.



The answer was found in the combination of carbon fibres and a polymer resin, creating a very advanced nanomaterial, and structural super capacitors. The reinforced carbon fibres sandwich the new battery and are moulded and formed to fit around the car’s frame, such as the door panels, the boot lid and wheel bowl, substantially saving on space. The carbon fibre laminate is first layered, shaped and then cured in an oven to set and harden. The super capacitors are integrated within the component skin. This material can then be used around the vehicle, replacing existing components, to store and charge energy.

The material is recharged and energized by the use of brake energy regeneration in the car or by plugging into a main electrical grid. It then transfers the energy to the electric motor which is discharged as it is used around the car.

The breakthrough showed that this material not only charges and stores faster than conventional batteries can, but that it is also strong and pliant.

Today, Volvo Car Group has evaluated the technology by creating two components for testing and development. These are a boot lid and a plenum cover, tested within the Volvo S80.

The boot lid is a functioning electrically powered storage component and has the potential to replace the standard batteries seen in today’s cars. It is lighter than a standard boot lid, saving on both volume and weight.

The new plenum demonstrates that it can also replace both the rally bar, a strong structural piece that stabilizes the car in the front, and the start-stop battery. This saves more than 50% in weight and is powerful enough to supply energy to the car’s 12 Volt system.

It is believed that the complete substitution of an electric car’s existing components with the new material could cut the overall weight by more than 15%. This is not only cost effective but would also have improvements to the impact on the environment.

Electrified cars play an important role in Volvo Car Group’s future product portfolio and the company will continue to find and develop innovative and advanced technical solutions for the cars of tomorrow.


1.     Imperial College London ICL United Kingdom (project leader)

2.     Swerea Sicomp AB, Sweden

3.     Volvo Car Group, Sweden

4.     Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und-prüfung BAM, Germany

5.     ETC Battery and FuelCells, Sweden

6.     Inasco, Greece

7.     Chalmers (Swedish Hybrid Centre), Sweden

8.     Cytec Industries (prev UMECO/ACG), United Kingdom

9.     Nanocyl, NCYL, Belgium


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on Oct 26, 2013

The more we care about the transportation ego. The average American motorist spent $2,912 at the pumps in 2012, according to an EIA report issued Monday, February 4. That is just under 4 percent of their average pre-tax income. That is a higher rate than at almost any time in last 30 years. The single exception was in 2008, at the beginning of the Great Recession, when motorists paid an average $2,750 a year to keep their vehicles fueled up.
Gasoline cost can be lessen by having more electric cars.

on Nov 6, 2013

I just gone through the Car Dashboard and more things I got to know from there. Really, Volvo being one of the popular car maker doing great thing by applying a new concept a revolution I say. But this is quite extraordinary as compared to the Automotive industry. Volvo repair and maintenance is definitely the most necessary task for all Volvo car users.

on Nov 20, 2013

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on Nov 23, 2013

Space is a prime factor when we are supposed to develop a car and also when a customer supposed to purchase a car he/ she always takes a look of the space inside the car. So, it is a bit preferable to embed the energy materials of the car into a carbon fiber material that is used to make car bodies. By doing such it will improve the car's energy performance. It's better to save the energy from my point of view. I really appreciate the work of the Volvo car makers as they have developed a light weight structural energy storage to store energy and along with to improve the energy usage of the electric vehicles. The most important part is that the products used here are eco friendly. It is really good to have a product that is eco friendly. As our environment is getting polluted day by day so, it is a bit preferable for us to use these electric and green cars and minimize the pollution of our environment so that we can stay safe,. Sometimes because of our vehicles problem more carbon dioxide gas gets executed from the vehicle. So, to stop the same we have to go for a repair center and have to get it repaired. If we are near Winston Salem and have a Volvo car then we can go for a Volvo Repair Center in Winston-Salem to get better service of our car when we are repairing it.

on Dec 17, 2013

Car parts and batteries are very essential for a car. Maintenance of these required in a regular basis. If we go for car manufacture process it will be quite difficult to understand for a normal people rather than it is the duty of engineers.

The details about a Volvo car is create an awareness for its repair and service. This is also applicable for all car. The process may be different. If any problem takes place with Volvo car we may contact with our nearest service station. Volvo Car Service Station

on Jan 16, 2014

Nice article.

on Jan 16, 2014

Thanks for publishing such an article, which can help the viewers to get some nice information regarding car mechanics.

on Jan 16, 2014

Car Batteries are very important for the Volvo car or electric car . Battery should be maintained always in a period of time. Car battery plays a vital role in electric car's running. Electric car is free of pollution and Eco friendly in nature. Charging expenses in case of an EV comparatively less than the fuel expenses of a fuel car. Volvo is also very nice brand in luxury car industry. It also provides nice Electric car models of its own and those are also very much efficient in their performances.

on Jan 24, 2014

It's no agnosticism that backpack accept been one of the must-have alarm of activity for humans anytime back recorded history began.

on Jan 25, 2014

From the beginning we have found various kinds of features were added in Volvo vehicles. Volvo is specially known for its comfortable vehicles; therefore Volvo manufacturer helps to develop their vehicle in such a way that vehicle owners are getting sufficient and enough features. Here we have found the discussion about Volvo batteries, I am sure with better battery capacity we can predict the performance of our vehicles.
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on Feb 6, 2014

Battery plays a vital role in the Volvo car group. Volvo car group makes a conventional battery. It has developed a revolutionary concept for the light weighting battery. The Car Battery which has large storage capacity . Different varieties of batteries. Volvo car groups has an involvement of highest structural battery. Electrified cars play an important role in Volvo Car Group’s future product portfolio and the company. Mini Cooper Service Chicago

on Mar 20, 2014

Batteries are the essential part of every car. Without it a particular car cant run a step. Battery is the only sources of energy for a car. That supplies electric energy to different parts of the car like starter motor,lights,engines etc..Volvo company are the best car company famous for its luxurious car. Generally Volvo cars are strong and durable in nature. Now the company developed a revolutionary battery that must be storage the energy for future use. So,by using of this batteries the cat user must be benefited.
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on Mar 24, 2014

Automotive batteries are the rechargeable batteries that provides the require amount of energy to every part of a vehicle. The batteries convert stored chemical energy to electrical energy. Volvo is the largest manufacturers of different vehicles like cars,buses,heavy duty vehicles etc. The uniqueness of this company is the vehicle, that are produced by it are good quality and durable. The company recently develop a technology, in battery that must be store energy for future use. And it must be lightweight in nature. By using of this batteries the fuel must be saved and the environment must be pollution free.
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on Apr 1, 2014

Batteries are the only sources of energy for a particular car. Without it a car cant run a step. Batteries are mainly needed to different parts of car like head light,side lights, music system,horn and engine start up. Volvo is the worlds no.1 car manufacturing company mainly famous for its luxurious car. It is developed a new kind of battery that is light weight in nature. It can be store high volume of electricity. When ever the car owner want to use the battery, then it provides the required amount of energy.

on Jul 15, 2014

Carbon fiber body of battery is really necessary because it is protects the battery from outside effects. As the technology developing day to day you can found various type of feature in different cars. The fiber cover cap on battery you can find in Volvo car battery which is a new use of technology in order to develop so many different features and to increase the capacity of battery. If you want to know more regarding the Volvo battery and parts details then visit to Volvo Repair Johns Creek, GA .

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