IAA International Motor Show (cars) 2007
Fair report from the 62nd international motor show in Frankfurt, all in the sense of ''See what's driving the future''. Part 1: Plug-in-Hybrid PHEV.
Part 2:other just building.
Finally expectation for a decent car for a strict ''No plug - no deal'' fan. It will take regretfully some years until it will be ready to order at a Volvo dealer.
IAA 2007 concept car from Volvo
Concept cars are usually nice to look, but not decisively for the future. But it is different here. This here looks like a normal car in the Golf class.
Volvo wheelhub engine
The revolution lets nothing like it was before. Gearing, clutch, differential for front and rear, differentials for the axles are yesterday.
Volvo wheel hub engines
All the mechanical insufficiency from a 4 wheel drive replaced by 4 wheel hub engines. Complicate mechanic replaced by some electric cables.
Brake better without brakes
Here is no brake to see, only the wheel hub engine. The total revolution in automobile construction does even not stop at the mechanical brake.
Volov plug-in-hybrid battery
For about 100 km only electric driving is the battery below the luggage department. The battery can be charged extrem fast, because it must also deal with 500 kW from an emergency stop.
Volvo Plug-in-Hybrid Generator
What is the range of an electric car? As long as the carried generator delivers electric power. The engine has no mechanical contact to the wheels.
Volvo Interview Plug-in-Hybrid
VMCC - Volvo Car Cooperation - Monitoring and Concept Center, Ichiro Sugioka Ph.D speaks about Plug-in-Hybrid cars and vehicle to Grid. 8 minutes Video from the IAA 2007.
General Motors Opel fair sensation IAA 2007
September 13th 11:25, hundreds of journalists wait for the visiot of the German prime minister Angela Merkel at the GM fair sensation: The solution for our future mobility.
Revelation of the IAA 2007 fair sensation
2 dancers make a show in front of the veiled fair sensation on Segway scooters. At the end of the performance, the sensation is disclosed for the big public.
Opel Flextreme Plug-in-Hybrid
55 km is the range of the Flextreme only with electric power. On longer distances produces a 1,3 litre Diesel engine with a 53 kW peak generator for the supply with electric power.
Tomorrow we will charge our cars like our mobiles
On the IAA 2007 booth of Opel is near the Flextreme a couch and a desk with plugs to recharge mobiles. On the desk is written:
Criteria to purchase a car ready for the future
At the Flextreme concept car without coachwork is to see the most important criteria to purchase a car in the future: The plug to recharge.
Flextreme chassis based on Opel Astra
Opel builts the Plug-in-Hybrid Flextreme with as much parts from the large serial construction. So the chassis is from the Opel Astra.
Serial Hybrid Opel Flextreme
The 1,3 litre Dieselengine with urea exhaust cleaning resides in the usual position, but it propels only a generator with 53 kW peak performance.
Opel Flextreme battery
The battery is listed with 16 kWh capacity. This sould be enough for 100km or even more. The range of only 55 km is an indicator
Urea tank for exhaust cleaning
The Opel Flextreme has left in the photo a 26 litre Diesel tank. In the smaller tank behind the battery is urea to reduce NOx nitric oxide in the exhaust gases.
Opel Flextreme front view
Already the optic lets assume, hier is a coachwork with very small air resistance. A view below the car show an entire flat bottom.
Opel Flextreme without side mirrors
Because of the aerodynamic optimization, there are no more side mirrors. Instead of a side mirror are in the fron part of the front side window is a camera installed.
Instruments in the Opel Flextreme
In front is a flat screen over the full interior width. The screen shows mainly the pictures from the left, middle and right rear view camera.
Carry a Segway in a car
Below the luggage department is a garage for 2 Segway scooters. No, this is not a motorhome, this is a medium sized car.
Aerodynamic optimized rims
Who looks exactly will notice the transparent plastic at the large free spaces of the rim. Only the small free spaces let air to the disk brakes.
GM Chevrolet Volt
The plug-in-hybrid Chevrolet Volt shows on the General Motors fair booth the other options for the generator: Petrol engine or hydrogen fuel cell instead of Diesel engine.
Chevrolet Volt gasoline
The chevrolet Volt with a 3 cylinder turbo engine for the range extender. Because the generator is only used with high load, there is no advantage for the Diesel at small load.
Chevrolet Volt Motor
Is a Diesel engine at 30.000 km a year economical? Presently yes. At a plug-in-hybrid are the borders of economy moved towards the petrol engine.
Chevrolet Volt tanks
The petrol version has 2 tanks with 26 litres. Left is at the Diesel the exhaust pipe. Where at the Diesel is the urea tank, is here the battery longer.
Chevrolet Volt Plug-in hybrid hydrogen
32 km range with the batteries and 480 km with the hydrogen tanks. Mankind will seriously stop the climate disaster. Fossile fuels are highly taxed.
Chevrolet Volt Plug-in hybrid with fuel cell
The plug-in hybrid drive concept makes the use of a fuel cell more easy. 32km range with the batteries alone, complete without fuel cell.
Hydrogen tank halfs place for batteries
The battery for the Chevrolet Volt hydrogen is only half as long as at the petrol version. The front hydrogen tank reduces the space away for the battery.
Maybe upgradeable with 4 wheel drive
At the hydrogen variant of the Chevrolet Volt is at each rear wheel a wheel hub engine. Maybe it's in the future possible to have four wheel drive as an upgrade?
Chevrolet Volt flat bottom
Most of todays cars look very aerodynamic above. But below very cleft. Not so Volt and Flextreme, they have both a flat bottom.
Because they do not know what they do
Should the automobile industry do more for the climate protection? The result, only 1/3 Yes shows the insufficient enlightenment of the car drivers about our future cars.
See what's driving the future IAA 2007
Fair report from the 62nd international motor show in Frankfurt, all in the sense of ''See what's driving the future''. Part 1: Plug-in-Hybrid PHEV. Part 2:other, just building.
Why arrived the hybrid car not earlier. What problems solves the hybrid car? Can the hybrid succeed against cars with hydrogen and fuel cells?
Directory about all our reports about plug-in-hybrid vehicles, the solution for our future mobility in sight of climate change and increasing crude oil prices.
Middle sized cars
Directory over all our reports about middle sized cars. All our articles about medium sized cars.
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