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Volvo C30 Electric review

The C30 end of the line-up is the logical place to for electrification. Photo Gallery

Pincott road tests and the Volvo C30 Electric.

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If this is the future of electric we d have one. And it is. But we can t. Or at least, not in the form of the Volvo C30 Electric we ve tested.

This is part of a of 50 prototypes that will to 250 by the end of next year for evaluation the world. Only two will to Australia, and neither of them is to end up at Chez Carsguide, with the company targeting business and fleet leases.

But the car won t ever go full-scale production, which is a because it seems to offer you could want as a green The good news is that the program will feel an electric version of the new V40 model based on an extended C30 platform that is going to replace the S40 and V50.

And by what we can judge from the spy shots of that car, it be just as good a plug-in as the C30.

It s almost impossible to about value with a car s not for sale. But it s worth considering the V40 Electric might be positioned. The prices for new technology are high, but know early adopters often wear the extra

Prices will come by the time the Volvo hits the but you could still expect to pay at $50,000 in today s terms. The i-Miev plug-in is $10,000 smaller and not pretty. The Nissan

Charge is stored in a 24kW of lithium-ion batteries that a 82kW/220Nm electric motor. the 200Nm of torque being right from the start, says the C30E does a time of 10.5 seconds.

It gets to a top speed of 130km/h, range limited to 120-150km, and a recharge taking 7.5 hours a household socket. Zero means zero emissions, perhaps a whiff of non-harmful from the bioethanol system looks after the heating — reserving the battery for driving unless manually over.


The cars will all the Volvo safety features, active and passive safety crash avoidance technology, warnings and post-crash protection. But s long been concern what happens in a crash if you ve got a lump — or two — of loose in the car. So Volvo has been working to make it stays where it s supposed to.

Body structures are being the pack is positioned so it won t collide the fuel tank, and a venting released battery gases the car, not into the cabin.

The C30 end of the line-up is the logical place to for electrification, because it s the lightest car have. The bonus is that the rear line of the hatchback up-to-date and stylish, and that fit better with those who a plug-in that looks without resembling a space pod or supercar.

Apart from the for the charging cable, from the it looks just like any C30 — until you lift the and see an electric motor instead of an The two battery packs are mounted the centre and in the (former) fuel area under the rear, the 280kg battery weight low and trailing — which a weighty nose that undermine handling.

A simple, clear graphic in the cluster shows the battery and drain rate — the need for complicated animations and growing trees favoured in green cars. There is a cutesy touch with a icon that lights up engine power is reduced, but from that it s all admirably

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The test car was accented with green exterior touches to its role in the electric team. The livery was echoed in the cabin bezels and the translucent tone of the — itself a tiny sculpture that (like the floating centre console) like it might have swiped from Bang and

With all the torque on tap right the start, the C30E is snappy off the and keeps it coming constantly for of the acceleration, tailing off only as you get highway speeds. Lifting off the gives a noticeable effect of braking but in this case it s the harvesting energy to recharge the pack. The shifter lets you a sailing mode that the motor and allows the car to coast, but you can only bring this play at highway speeds.

The positioning of the battery packs the weight low, central and the rear, and that comes play in the cornering. The car feels and reasonably agile. You can hear the motor, and while it probably won t to fans of the big-displacement soundtracks, s a certain exhilaration in the rising whine.

It s definitely futuristic and fun. Beam us up, Scotty.

It s doesn t look boring or dorky — and isn t a boring If all that applies when the V40 comes onto the market, the right price this be a winner.

Volvo C30 Electric

Price: NA

82kW/220Nm electric motor, lithium-ion battery pack

CVT, FWD

Body: 4-door, 5

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