Volvo launch a fleet of electric vehicles to test their viability in real conditions and make the modified models hatchback C30 Be presented at the Detroit AutoShow 2010. The fleet will consist of fifty electric C30 provided a range of 90 miles, to be used in actual traffic in 2011.
Volvo, which introduced an electric prototype in Frankfurt Autoshow 2009, said the C30 prepared for Detroit is a step in the process of developing electric cars, as it includes a complete interior and all instruments and a battery pack improved. “The first prototype helped us identify key technology issues such as battery pack and security issues. We managed to solve these problems without compromising the character of the C30′s fun,” said Lennart Stegland, director of the Division of Motor Vehicles Volvo Cars Special.
Volvo announced that the Swedish Energy Agency is supporting the project with funding of 150 million euros.
The electric C30 looks similar to the conventional C30 Volvo offers the same level of safety, comfort and space than standard vehicle.
The most obvious difference in the interior are the new instruments, since the indicators and graphs are slightly different from a conventional Volvo. Integrates several new symbols, as an indicator of battery charging and other information relevant to this type of vehicle.
An electric motor uses about a quarter of the energy it needs a motor powered by fossil fuels.
The Volvo C30 will be presented at the Detroit Auto Show 2010 will be powered by lithium-ion battery that can be recharged in an ordinary household electrical outlet or special service stations on the road. The full battery charge takes eight hours.
The speed with fully charged batteries is approximately 80 miles, while acceleration from 0 to 60 mph is 11 seconds.