With Volvo set to debut its plug-in diesel hybrid vehicle soon, the issue of how to ensure that it doesn’t have problems recharging seems to have been covered as well with this solar-powered canopy. With electric concerns surrounding the advent of EVs, SDA has unveiled a solar charging canopy for the said plugin.
Called “Pure Tension”, the whole concept was a result of a contest called “Switch to Pure Volvo”. Synthesis Design + Architecture (SDA) came up with the idea, anchored on architect and USC professor Alvin Huang’s expertise.
The basis of Pure Tension’s design is that of a tension tent: stress applied equally from all angles of a structure helps to keep the canopy taut and standing erect. SDA’s approach was to use the car’s design as the basis to reimagine the typical trade show pavilion.