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."