Volvo will be testing an electric version of the C30 hatchback in the U.S. market this year, according to Stefan Jacoby, Volvo's CEO. He also said that in Europe starting in 2012, an extended range C30 hybrid plug-in capable of getting 120 miles per gallon would also be available.
And in 2013, a plug-in hybrid version of the C30 will be introduced in the U.S. market. After presenting a C30 that has been crash-tested in Sweden, Jacoby said that Volvo seeks to bring a new buzz-word to the electric vehicle segment.
At the Detroit Auto Show, Jacoby said that the talk about these innovating vehicles are focused on design, usability, charging times, price and driving range. He pointed out that the safety aspect has not been a major consideration of most carmakers.
This is where Volvo enters and offers its crash-tested C30. Jacoby said that its safe, uncompromising electric vehicle was tested in Volvo's safety lab in Gothenburg, Sweden, in order to make sure that the batteries and cables would be completely intact after a side or rear-impact collision.
Jan Ivarsson, head of Volvo's safety strategy, said that the electric version of the C30 is just as safe as the gasoline powered version.