"We will draw immense benefit from the project in our on-going development of electric cars. Here we are getting clear information about what we need to deliver so that buyers feel that a battery-powered car is attractive and cost-effective to drive and own," stated Paul Gustavsson, manager of electrification strategy at Volvo Cars.
The Volvo C30 DRIVe Electric is powered by a lithium-ion battery with a range on a full charge of up to 150 kilometres (92 miles). A full charge takes about eight hours.
"150 kilometres is way more than most commuters in Europe cover in a day. In "One Tonne Life" the car will cover the majority of the family's transport requirements," added Gustavsson.
As for the house itself, a triple layer of walls provide for minimum air leakage. The air turnover is handled by a ventilation unit that sucks out poor-quality air from the bathroom/toilets, the laundry room and the kitchen, while at the same time replacing it with fresh, tempered air in the bedrooms, living room and other public areas.
The heat contained in the used air is recycled and used in the tempered incoming air. The efficiency rating is about 80 percent. The house is equipped with both solar collectors and solar cells:
- The solar collectors on the roof of the carport provide hot water and the little heating that is needed.
- The solar cells on the roof generate energy that is used to power facilities such as supplementary heating, ventilation, the fridge-freezer and so on. Surplus production is used to recharge the family's electrically powered Volvo.