Volvo 3CC is the brainchild of the designers, engineers and business people at the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center think-tank in California. Volvo’s 3CC illustrates how this automaker’s vision includes capitalizing on light weight, a small footprint, and innovative powertrains to address future driving needs. The 3CC is designed with a steel space frame and an outer body shell of bond-ed carbon fiber. Composite sandwich floor panels are used for safety and light weight. The car’s front electric drive, which provides 0-60 mph acceleration of about 10 seconds and a governed top speed of 85 mph, is powered by 3,000 lithium-ion batteries packaged within the sandwich floor. The batteries, the same type used in today’s laptop computers, provide a driving range of about 180 miles. Up to 20% of the battery pack’s energy can be recovered by regenerative braking.
The Volvo 3CC vehicle blends distinctive Volvo styling cues at its front and flanks. But there’s a sharp departure from traditional styling as this vehicle tapers toward the rear with a unique two-plus-one seating configuration with two adults up front and an additional seat for another adult or two children behind. Entering and exiting the interior is aided with a floating dash panel that slides forward as the doors swing upward. A sliding seat system also eases the process for rear seat passengers. Volvo 3CC is not only fuel-efficient, versatile, comfortable, and safe but also exciting to drive and look at.