Volvo's new small EV tries to optimize space with Scandinavian design
Volvo is continuing to drip-feed more information about its upcoming electric Volvo EX30 small SUV.Last week the automaker promised the new EV would have the smallest carbon footprint of any previously made Volvo vehicle. Now, Volvo is hyping up the use of Scandinavian design skills to optimize space in the small vehicle.We don't actually know how small the EX30 will be. The average length of an SUV is about 170 to 197 inches long, and Carscoops reckons the EX30 will sit between 165 and 170 inches. That means in order to keep the feel of an SUV, Volvo will need to get creative with the car's interior.The full EX30 reveal will come June 7, but here's what already know about the use of space inside the vehicle.
A theme of centralization[photo1]Rendering of Volvo EX30 center console, designed to maximize space. Image Credits: VolvoRendering of Volvo EX30 center console, designed to maximize space. Image Credits: VolvoMuch of the EX30's interior is designed to draw both the driver's and the passenger's attention towards the center of the vehicle. This centralization theme comes together with the car's "soundbar," which is basically a collection of speakers that r
educes the need for additional wiring and material. The soundbar will be seamlessly integrated under the windshield, covering the entire width of the dashboard. Volvo says the soundbar not only improves audio quality in the cabin, but it also removes the need for speakers in the doors, creating additional storage space for users.Similarly, the window switches will also be found in the center console, rather than on the doors. The glove compartment is also placed beneath the center screen, rather than on the passenger side of the car.The EX30's center console will be built with a sliding system that lets users choose how to use the space, according to Volvo. The bottom compartment of the center console features an open basket that can fit a handbag and a smartphone, and below that is a protected storage area for small items like sunglasses. Underneath what looks like an arm rest, drivers or passengers can slide out a top compartment with two cupholders.For rear passengers, a little storage box slides out from beneath the center console to provide more storage, in addition to the dedicated pockets in the front seatbacks.Oh, and if you want to use the little SUV to move some furniture around, Volvo says to check the tailgate for a handy size guide to reference.