Volvo’s electric C30 to begin road trials

Volvo’s electric C30 to begin road trials

Volvo C30 EV fq

This week, Volvo has announced the electric C30, updated to the newer 2010 styling will commence road trials from 2011.

A road-ready prototype of the C30 BEV was unveiled back in September, and now Volvo plans to build 50 of the electric hatches for testing in a programme similar to BMW’s MINI E.

Lennart Stegland, Director of Volvo Cars Special Vehicles said “The first prototype helped us identify the main technological challenges, such as battery packaging and safety issues.”

The two-year trial will consist of Volvo releasing 50 of its electric C30 hatches to selected users for everyday use. The objective of the test is to study the car’s systems and behavioural characteristics.

Mr Stegland said the tests will help not only Volvo’s engineers, but also city infrastructure planners working to establish the requirements of running electric vehicles.

The electric C30 stores its power in a 24kWh lithium-ion battery mounted in the centre tunnel and where the fuel tank previously lived, giving it a driving range of up to 150km on a single charge.

Recharging the battery takes eight hours using a 230v household outlet. The electric C30 will get to 100km/h in just under 11 seconds and go on to a top speed of around 130km/h.

Volvo C30 EV fq

This week, Volvo has announced the electric C30, updated to the newer 2010 styling will commence road trials from 2011.

A road-ready prototype of the C30 BEV was unveiled back in September, and now Volvo plans to build 50 of the electric hatches for testing in a programme similar to BMW’s MINI E.

Lennart Stegland, Director of Volvo Cars Special Vehicles said “The first prototype helped us identify the main technological challenges, such as battery packaging and safety issues.”

The two-year trial will consist of Volvo releasing 50 of its electric C30 hatches to selected users for everyday use. The objective of the test is to study the car’s systems and behavioural characteristics.

Mr Stegland said the tests will help not only Volvo’s engineers, but also city infrastructure planners working to establish the requirements of running electric vehicles.

The electric C30 stores its power in a 24kWh lithium-ion battery mounted in the centre tunnel and where the fuel tank previously lived, giving it a driving range of up to 150km on a single charge.

Recharging the battery takes eight hours using a 230v household outlet. The electric C30 will get to 100km/h in just under 11 seconds and go on to a top speed of around 130km/h.

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