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Volvo V60 Solar Pavilion Fits In The Trunk & Can Charge Your Car

The Pure Tension Pavilion — a collapsible solar EV charging pavilion, and the winner of the 2013 Switch to Pure Volvo Pavilion Design competition — will be displayed later this year in Rome during the launch of Volvo’s V60 Plug-in Hybrid Electric Diesel model, as per a recent announcement from Volvo.
The Pure Tension Solar Pavilion when deployed. Image Credit: SDA

The Pure Tension Solar Pavilion when deployed.
Image Credit: SDA

The collapsible solar charging station certainly looks interesting, and is compact enough to fit into the car’s trunk when condensed down. The solar charging station is the product of a contest designed to “re-envision” the standard pavilions typically used for trade shows, provide shelter, have a beautiful design, and be a power source.

The pavilion has been described by Volvo as a vision of the future where cars can simply charge themselves by deploying structures such as this — while that may or may not be the case, the current design is unlikely to enter wide-scale use as it is. Though it certainly is interesting to look at, and there are probably a number of situations where it could prove useful, it’s not very practical for normal use. Simply putting solar panels on your roof and charging your car from your conventional electrical outlets makes much more sense and would be much more efficient.


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