Volvo conducts extreme cold testing on C30 EV (+video)

Volvo conducts extreme cold testing on C30 EV (+video)

Volvo has decided to address one of the biggest concerns for electric cars – how batteries behave in extreme cold weather.

The Sweedish carmaker is currently testing its C30 EV in Kiruna, Sweden (north of the arctic circle) in temperatures of around minus 20 degrees Celsius to see if the car’s batteries can maintain their power in the cold while the car’s heating systems keeps the passengers warm in the cabin. Sounds simple? Well it’s not really.

“We must ensure that the C30 Electric performs as intended when driving, parking and charging in a variety of conditions, from normal to very cold or hot,” says Volvo Cars’ director of special vehicles, Lennart Stegland.

The Volvo C30 EV is a clever machine and comes equipped with three climate systems. The first system heats or cools the battery pack as required to maintain its performance and the car’s range. The electric motor and electronics use a water-cooling system. But it all gets even smarter in the cabin where Volvo has fitted a bio-ethanol heater with a 14.5 litre tank so that the process of heating the cabin doesn’t drain energy from the battery and affect the C30 EV’s range. If there’s a problem the cabin climate system can also be run off the battery through a driver controlled function.

After the testing Volvo is confident that the C30 EV can maintain a driving range of around 80 km even in extreme cold weather conditions.

Check out a video of the Volvo C30 EV cold weather testing below.

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