The brand new Volvo C30 BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) made its debut today at the Frankfurt Motor Show, of course. This is the first electric vehicle from the Swedish manufacturer and shows that Volvo Cars' ambitious electrification strategy has quickly produced concrete results.
The new vehicle previews the introduction of a a plug-in hybrid in 2012 and has the duty to evaluate the viability of an entirely electric-powered car. "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 particularl
Volvo C30 BEV is powered by a Litium-Ion battery that is charged via a regular power socket found in most homes (230V, 16A), a full recharge taking about eight hours.
The electric motor is housed under the bonnet, just like the engine in a conventional car. One of the priorities within the BEV project is to find the optimal placing of the battery. Most likely is the prop shaft tunnel and the place where the fuel tank normally is located the best places.
The new car has a top speed of 130 km/h, sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 11 seconds and has a range of up to 150 kilometres.
All products of Volvo Cars follow the same high standards of safety regardless of what kind of fuel was used or how power was sourced. The brand has always been dedicated to safety focusing on people and basing it on a good knowledge of actual traffic situations. Volva also conducted in-house tests using computer simulations and actual performance in crash-test laboratories. Thus when Volvo offers new vehicles, electric or otherwise, safety is guaranteed.
Volvo has, in theory, managed to identify various electricity-related safety scenarios in stages that happen in a collision: before, during, and after. As a result, Volvo engineers were able to create solutions that would answer the situations identified.
Hence, it’s more than assured that any future electric cars that Volvo releases will continue to have the safety standards many have become familiar with. Volvo Cars' primary electrification track for the coming years will be plug-in hybrids. This is particularly true for its larger car models. Combining a combustion engine and an electric motor is seen as a possible solution that provides the greatest benefits in both a technical aspect and commercial viewpoint.
Plug-in hybrids not only have good environmental performance but also provide a long range. It also ensures that customers limit their dependence on battery technology. There are however several factors that can decide if electric cars are to be successful in the future.
Volvo Cars Director of Electrification Strategy Paul Gustavsson shared that consumers must understand that an electric car has a tremendous appeal for the owner and the driver. Volvo has the guts to make this guarantee because it develops its electric cars to not only be safe and comfortable but to offer the level of performance similar to that of other cars using other power sources.
The results of the C30 BEV project enabled Volvo to meet all these requirements and even helped in exhibiting its determination to help in the development of the field of electrification, Gustavsson added.