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Volvo's "Concept Recharge." Courtesy of Volvo.

The above image is what Volvo calls its "Concept Recharge," which is a very rough look at their future EV designs.

Why it matters: The company recently said it will sell only electric cars by 2030.

  • While its first generation of EVs are battery models of their internal combustion line, cars designed as EVs from the get-go — as previewed via "Concept Recharge" — will enable more interior room, Volvo said.
  • Removing the engine and adding a battery pack under the floor enables extended wheelbases and other design features that create more space, the company notes.

What's next: "Henrik Green, chief technology officer at Volvo, said it was likely that a 'version' of the Concept Recharge could become reality within the next three years — excluding the dramatic suicide doors, unfortunately," The Verge reports.

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Jeff Bezos' flight into space generated more interest from the public than Richard Branson's, and both billionaires overshadowed their respective space companies.

Why it matters: Data shows an outsized public interest in the personalities at the center of the space trips, compared to the companies behind them — which could reinforce public suspicion that the ventures were partly vanity plays.

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Swimmer Chase Kalisz became on Sunday the first Team USA Olympian to win gold at the Tokyo Games.

The big picture: The Rio 2016 silver medalist's winning time in the men's 400 meters Individual Medley Final was 4 minutes 9.42 seconds. His teammate Jay Litherland took silver .86 seconds later.

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Flames from California's biggest wildfire were engulfing homes in the state's north overnight — one of 88 large blazes raging in the U.S.

Driving the news: The Dixie Fire, which erupted July 14 near the origin of the deadly 2018 Camp Fire in Butte County, was tearing through the community of Indian Falls in the neighboring Plumas County, per AP.