Test Drive: Volvo C40 Recharge EV

An electrified Swedish design statement that's a pleasure to drive

“Form follows function” is a widely adopted design philosophy and the core ethos at Volvo Cars. Their utilitarian vehicles offer minimal flourish and embody the notion that luxury can be derived from simplicity. The new C40 Recharge electric vehicle at first challenges this philosophy with a more aggressive design than we’re used to from the Swedish manufacturer: in this case, flourish is part of its …

Hybrit Makes “Green Steel” Without Coal

While traditional ore-based steel manufacturing uses coking coal and creates approximately 8% of the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions, Swedish venture Hybrit replaces coal with “renewable electricity and hydrogen” to make their “green steel.” Hybrit is owned by Nordic and US-based steelmaker SSAB (which currently accounts for “10% of Sweden’s and 7% of Finland’s carbon dioxide emissions”), as well as state-owned utility Vattenfall and miner LKAB. …

The Future-Forward 2020 Polestar 1

Volvo's standalone brand balances beauty and possibility, all while being wildly enjoyable to drive

Anytime an automaker launches a new vehicle the stakes are high. There are countless questions automakers should answer before bringing a new product to market, yet dealerships are often littered with cars that were given little consideration, with the priority for many brands being making a quick buck. Polestar isn’t interested in that; they understand that those days are gone. Instead, the carmaker is intent …