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Llewellyn Plugs In: An Arctic in the Volvo C30 Electric

Robert out Volvo’s pure-electric test car in temperatures

By Robert Llewellyn on 23, 2012 11:02 AM

There is the painful dichotomy of travelling in an for 1,500 miles to drive an car 60 miles, have some and then fly 1,500 miles home. Quite simply, if you too hard about it, you go mad.

what I did last week – got an morning flight from to Kiruna in Northern Sweden, of the Arctic Circle. The whole was deep in proper snow, that won’t melt late April. It is cold up very cold.

Mid-winter of -25ºC are not uncommon.

When I it was a balmy -8ºC and the Swedes all walking around in T-shirts and Okay, not quite, they are sensible and well prepared, a bit the Volvo C30 Electric. I had driven the car on another jaunt to the Volvo at Gothenburg, but that was just UK nothing special.

This car is, like so many pure electric models big manufacturers, not for sale and they only made 250 of them for purposes. It’s a sophisticated of the standard C30, so it did start as a fossil burner. That they’ve done a very job, it’s ultra (I’ve seen the crash footage), has about the same as the Nissan LEAF, it’s nippy and handles very even on sheet ice. but of that later.

Because the was only -8ºC, Volvo the cars in freezer containers bring the temperature inside and the car to a bracing -25ºC. Let me tell that is proper cold. I got in the car there was ice on the inside of the windscreen, the wheel felt like my would freeze to it.

The seats were like of ice, even the gear thingy was frozen.

I pressed the switch and the car came to life I faffed around with the controls but before I could do fans started whirring and a of warm air came out of the vents. I noticed that the heated started to thaw out my frozen weather gear that had kindly supplied. Within two minutes the interior of the car had gone -25 to +22c.

I had to get out and shed massive – I was boiling.

Within about two the interior of the car had gone from -25 to I had to get out and shed massive coats – I was

So the battery must have a real pummelling, right? I’m to the LEAF, in which using the takes 10 miles off the range in low temperatures. Not so with the Volvo – it no discernable difference. The fans use little power and the heat coming from the battery.

The Volvo is fitted with an heater. It doesn’t smell – all very contained and Swedish – but it a cold car very warm quickly. It produces 12 kilowatts of power in what seems an instant.

There is a 12-litre for the ethanol. Volvo was using but you can use regular petrol just as The heater uses half a an hour if you leave the heating on all the That’s good for a solid 24 worth of heating, which is reasonable.

However, I soon that you really didn’t it on all the time – once the cab was warm I more than 60 miles it off and I wasn’t the slightest bit chilly. I the Swedes are quite good at too.

Volvo C30 Electric

The car is really a development prototype reading between the lines of the from Volvo staffers, a built-from-the-ground-up electric model. As far as goes, there’s nothing to it at the moment, truly impressive.

But the is amazing on snow-covered roads, made up 90% of the journey they me on. The car was fitted with standard weather tyres – no studs – and it sailed along very through the endless woodlands of Sweden. I was keeping an eye out for Husky pulling sleds (a common and Reindeer (even more

I didn’t hit anything and if the silent car really is a menace to man and beast particular daft hypothesis tested.

What was tested in the were my nerves. I ended up on a lake. Yeah okay, the ice was but I was driving across it in a car.

were cracks in the ice; ice is very pure, very and I could see through it to the deep below.

I was there to take part in a competition, driving flat out in a C30 this time with tyres. I gunned it across vast super-flat ice rink. The car around like a drunk on skates when I drove it, but I was fun – I was doing pirouettes, baby. this resulted in me coming in the rankings.

That is, fifth out of

However, I am very proud to that on the long drive we did in the myself and my driving partner Gordon- came first, the least amount of energy to the journey. The light-right-foot brigade did not let you

About Robert Llewellyn


Robert Llewellyn is a comedian, presenter and writer. He’s best known for his role as in hit BBC comedy Red Dwarf and as co-presenter of 4’s Scrapheap Challenge . but since the Carpool series he has been to test drive all kinds of from the pure electric Roadster sports car to the Honda FCX hydrogen fuel cell As a result Robert has become an on green cars, in particular cars, launching EV web series Charged in 2010.

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