Volvo C30 Electric: soon on the streets in Sweden

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 25, 2010

Volvo has signed a deal with energy company Goteborg Energi for the Swedish carmaker to deliver 10 Volvo C30 Electric vehicles this fall. This demo fleet of electric C30 cars will feature advanced measuring instruments. The same safety, comfort and interior features that people have come to expect on the standard Volvo C30 will be found on the Volvo C30 Electric too.

The only difference is that the C30 Electric runs solely on electricity. In a release, Lennart Stegland, director of the Volvo Car Corporation's Special Vehicles division, said that delivery of the 10 cars will start this fall. Stegland said that the Volvo C30 Electric is a "natural part" of its focus on DRIVe products, with a target of "promoting a sustainable society."

Incidentally, Volvo's home town is Goteborg. Volvo said that the car can go up to 150 km on a single battery charge. Stegland added that this is "way further" than what 90% of European commuters cover on an average day.

The Volvo C30 Electric is equipped with a lithium-ion battery that can be charged from a regular mains power socket. It takes about eight hours to recharge from zero. The car can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in less than 11 seconds and it can reach a top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph).

Lennart Stegland, director of Volvo Car Corporation's Special Vehicles division, remarked that electric cars are expected to account for between 10 percent and 15 percent of cars in Sweden by 2020 and make up a share of between 3 percent and 10 percent of the market in member-countries of the European Union.

He, however, noted each market has its own preconditions. Anders Hedenstedt, President of Göteborg Energi, said the company is proud to be the first to receive the initial batch of Volvo C30 EV.

He remarked that since the company works to promote a sustainable society in Göteborg, its participation in the development of new infrastructure for safe electric cars and its collaboration with Volvo Cars on an early stage “feels absolutely right."

Press Release

Volvo C30 Electric ready for delivery

olvo Cars and energy company Göteborg Energi yesterday signed a letter of intent regarding cooperation in the area of electrical vehicles and recharge infrastructure. Within the terms of the agreement Volvo provides ten Volvo C30 Electric cars with delivery start during the autumn.
"This is a landmark first step," says Lennart Stegland, director of the Volvo Car Corporation's Special Vehicles division.

The Volvo C30 Electric project has attracted immense international attention. Volvo Cars has received visits from many potential overseas customers, but the first confirmed user is Swedish.

"Ten cars will be delivered starting this autumn. The Volvo C30 Electric is a natural part of our focus on DRIVe products, with the aim of promoting a sustainable society. We are happy with the cooperation with Göteborg Energi. What is more, it's happening in Volvo's home town of Göteborg," says Lennart Stegland.

The cars in the demo fleet are equipped with advanced measuring instruments. It is important for Volvo Cars to build up additional know-how about how parameters such as driving habits and charging patterns affect the battery and its lifetime in the electric car.

The Volvo C30 Electric has the same safety, comfort and interior space as the standard Volvo C30. The difference is that the C30 Electric is powered solely by electricity - so it has absolutely no exhaust emissions on the road.

150 km on one charge
If the car is recharged using electricity from renewable sources, travel is virtually free from carbon dioxide emissions. The range is up to 150 km on a single battery charge.

"That's way further than 90 percent of commuters in Europe cover on a daily basis. The car could be used for the average family's everyday commuting needs," says Lennart Stegland.

The Volvo C30 Electric is powered by a lithium-ion battery that is charged from a regular mains power socket. A completely depleted battery takes about eight hours to recharge.

The car has a top speed of about 130 kilometres per hour and accelerates from zero to one hundred in 10.5 seconds. Volvo Cars' electric car project currently encompasses about 250 vehicles.

"However, with more customers we would of course be able to expand our production series," says Lennart Stegland.

Electric cars are the future
He is convinced that electric cars will gain a major foothold in the market.

"By 2020 about 5-10 percent of cars in Sweden are expected to be electric. By 2020-2025 we believe that electric cars will account for 3-10 percent of the market share in the EU countries. Different markets have different preconditions," adds Lennart Stegland.

Göteborg Energi comments the letter of intent signing and the cooperation with Volvo Cars to build its first ten electric cars as follows:

"We believe in the future of the electric car and are extremely proud that we will be the first recipients of electric vehicles from Volvo Cars. We work to promote a sustainable society in Göteborg so to participate in the development of new infrastructure for safe electric cars and cooperate with Volvo Cars at such an early stage feels absolutely right," explains Anders Hedenstedt, President of Göteborg Energi.

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