Volvo â€“ the Swedish automaker is evaluating at the moment if it's viable to launch a whole electric-powered vehicle - BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle), after just announcing the 2012 plug-in hybrid. In 2009, a few C30 BEV prototype variants have been made, tested by Volvo (internally).
Lennart Stegland, Volvo Cars Special Vehicles' Director affirmed 'The Volvo C30 is the first model we will try out with electric power. This car's excellent properties in city traffic and its relatively low weight make it particularly suitable, since electric cars are primarily expected to be used in and around cities and for daily commuting'.
Volvo C30 BEV runs with a Lithium-Ion battery charged through a power socket in household. Its electric motor lives under the bonnet, like a conventional car engine. Running only on electricity, it needs a bigger battery - higher capacity (24 kWh) larger than the plug-in hybrid one (12 kWh).
This C30 BEV unit has a limit of around 130 km/h as maximum speed, while acceleration 0 to 100 km/h in 11 seconds. The auto will have 150 km range.
Paul Gustavsson, Volvo Cars' Electrification Strategy Director said 'The consumer must feel that this type of car is attractive both to drive and own. In order to ensure this, we feel that electric cars will have to be as comfortable and safe and offer similar levels of performance as cars with other power sources. The learning from the C30 BEV project will help us to fulfill all these criteria and showcase Volvo's determination to drive developments in the field of electrification'.
A C30 BEV Volvo prototype was shown at the IAA 2009, but the electric variant production-ready of the C30 unit will be debuted first at the NAIAS 2010 next week.
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