« Ford expands use of near-dry machining to six plants worldwide | Main | IARC: Outdoor air pollution carcinogenic to humans » Print this post Volvo Car Group testing lightweight structural energy storage material applied in trunk lid and plenum cover 35027_1_5-1 A composite blend of carbon fibers and polymer resin is being developed that can store and charge more energy faster than conventional batteries can. Volvo Cars is the only car manufacturer participating in the EU-funded project, which started in early 2010. Click to enlarge. Volvo Car Group—the only automaker participating in a 3.5-year EU-funded project developing a prototype material which can store and discharge electrical energy and which is also strong and lightweight enough to be used for car parts ( earlier post )—has created two components for the testing and further development of the technology. These are a trunk lid and a plenum cover, tested within […]