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Volvo's incredible solar charging concept to spread its wings this fall

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When thinking of stylish cars, Volvo probably isn't the first brand to come to mind. One thing the company is renowned for, though, is introducing new technology: it was the first manufacturer to install laminated glass in a production car, invented the three-point safety belt, and is constantly adding new safety features to its range.

After holding a design competition for a pavilion to accompany the launch of its new V60 plug-in hybrid, the company will debut a photovoltaic accessory in September that will unite its history of embracing new technology with some cutting-edge style.

Volvo Pure Tension pavilion


Created by L.A.-based firm Synthesis Design + Architecture, the "Pure Tension" concept is essentially a giant solar panel that can recharge the Volvo V60's batteries. What's so special about it? It folds up to fit in the car's trunk.

All images copyright Volvo / Synthesis Design + Architecture.