From Green Right Now Reports
Volvo this week revealed it is developing an all-electric Volvo C30 Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV). The current development vehicle looks like a regular Volvo C30 but it is powered solely by electricity, has no exhaust emissions and has a range of up to 93 miles, the company said.
Beginning in 2009, a small number of prototype versions of the C30 BEV have been built and tested internally by Volvo. In addition to focusing on performance and safety, much of the focus is on integration of the electric propulsion system with the rest of the car.
The Volvo C30 BEV is powered with a Lithium-Ion battery that is charged via a regular power socket found in most homes. Recharging an entirely depleted battery via the regular household power supply system (230V, 16A) will take about eight hours.
Volvo said it building 50 electric C30s for study and hopes to have production cars on the road by 2013.
The company said its main electrification focus over the coming decades will be plug-in hybrids, particularly for its larger car models. The combination of electric motor and combustion engine is the solution that probably has the greatest potential from both the technical and commercial viewpoints, Volvo said.
There are several factors that determine how successful dedicated electric cars will be in the future, according to company officials.
“The consumer must feel that this type of car is attractive both to drive and own. In order to ensure this, we feel that electric cars will have to be as comfortable and safe and offer similar levels of performance as cars with other power sources. The learning from the C30 BEV project will help us to fulfil all these criteria and showcase Volvo’s determination to drive developments in the field of electrification,” Paul Gustavsson, director of Electrification Strategy at Volvo Cars, said in a statement.