If you remeber, back in September Volvo revealed the electric version of the C30 hatchback and it appears things didn´t stop there. The Swedish manufacturer is preparing an new version of the electric concept whoch will be showcased at the 2010 Detroit Motor Show in January.
The latest version of the electric C30 is powered by an electric motor capable to deliver 111bhp/82 kW. With these numbers the car can accelerate from naught to 60 mph in just 10.5 seconds, while the top speed achieved is 130 km/h (81 mph). The car's range is up to 150 km (94 miles).
The Volvo C30 shown in Detroit is powered by Lithium-Ion batteries that can be recharged via either a regular household power socket or special roadside charging stations. Charging the battery fully takes about eight hours.
Underneath its bonnet lies the electric motor. The 24-kWh batteries on the other hand have been placed in the propshaft tunnel and in the region where the fuel tank is usually located. As such, it is not only outside of the passenger compartment but also beyond its deformation zones.
Additionally, the batteries are enclosed and the structure that surrounds it was reinforced, shared Volvo Cars Senior Safety Advisor Thomas Broberg. Making electric cars is but another challenge that the company needs to beat in its commitment to develop the safest cars, Broberg added.
The electric power version of the Volvo should follow the same safety standards as that of its new models, he related. These same standards are not limited to safety but also includes driving, ownership, and even protection in case of an accident, Broberg concluded.
In order to determine if electric-powered cars have a place in the future, there are different factors that need to be considered. Volvo Cars Director of Electrification Strategy Paul Gustavsson shares that consumers need to understand that an electric car is appealing both to own it and drive around town.
Electric cars then should have the same performance as that of standard vehicles in addition to being safe and comfortable, he adds. Volvo has complete confidence in this technology and will be conducting various field tests to determine if there is market potential, Gustavsson relates.
He contends that this is the main reason why it is not as simple as presenting an attractive car. Since the battery technology used in the electric car is expensive, Volvo would require a system of subsidies in order to make the electric car financially appealing, Gustavsson says.
Volvo Cars is currently on a journey to manufacture cars with zero emissions through its "Drive Towards Zero" and is optimistic government authorities and everyone else will join them, Gustavsson relates.