January 8th, 2010
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.