Volvo C30 BEV

Just when you
thought there could be no more new electric car announcements from
manufacturers, here comes the Volvo C30 BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle).

The C30 BEV
is powered solely by electricity, so emits no carbon dioxide ‘tail pipe’
emissions, and has a range of up to 93 miles. It also features a limited top
speed of 80mph and can reach 0-62mph in less than 11 seconds.

A small
number of prototype versions of the C30 BEV have been built and tested internally
by Volvo during 2009. The company is currently evaluating the viability of the
car, which the company is proud to claim features the same safety, comfort and
space as the standard car, including four seats.

The electric
motor offers greater energy efficiency compared with an internal combustion
engine and Volvo says will become increasingly common in the future as fuel
prices rise and demands for low CO2 emissions become ever more stringent.

The C30 BEV
is powered by a Lithium-Ion battery that is charged via a regular power socket
found in most homes. Recharging a depleted battery by a regular household power
supply system will take about eight hours.

The electric
motor is housed under the bonnet, and Volvo is aiming to find a home for the
battery within the car’s crumple zone, so that an electric Volvo will be just
as safe as any other Volvo car.

Volvo claims
that it has theoretically identified all the electric-related safety scenarios
in the stages before, during and after a collision and its engineers will
create solutions for handling all scenarios.

Despite this
electric C30, Volvo says its main focus over the mid-term future is plug-in
hybrids, as they offer long range, good environmental performance and at the
same time limited dependence on expensive battery technology.