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Volvo C30 Electric

Review: Volvo C30 Electric car

the thought of going to Bracknell to drive a Volvo wouldn’t me with that much

Fortunately this invite was a different because it was to check out a car to all intents and purposes looks and like a petrol car, gets its power from the mains.

At a time when energy efficient cars are ‘hybrid’ vehicles like the Prius using a mixture of and petrol, or smaller electric like the G-Whizz, the Volvo C30 stands out for being, well, a Volvo C30 family car — at at first glance. Of course are lots of differences that the from Gothenburg could you stupid about over a of overpriced Swedish beer.

Open up the bonnet, for example, and than a big oily engine you are with what can only be as a giant fuse box with of neat orange cables. And through the centre of the car under the is a big heavy Lithium Ion battery. you find in a laptop or in a mobile only much, much

This provides the charge for the Volvo claims the C30 Electric car can has a range of 150 Km and needs to be charged for 8 hours using conventional AC mains (there is a 1 hour charging point on the car but as yet there any places where this be used.)

As you might expect from a so closely with safety, has done a lot of safety checks You only have to type Ion Battery Explode’ into to see the dangers of using electricity means that a lot of work has into ensuring that if the car is hit the battery doesn’t go up in flames. an added bonus!

This for example, ensuring that the seats aren’t pushed the middle of the vehicle where the is situated if it’s hit from the So far 11 vehicles have been tested but there are bound to be more before the vehicle into mass production in

So how does the Volvo perform? well I thought. The weirdest about it was it was so quiet that I even realised I had turned the on. (Pedestrians will definitely to learn to look for cars crossing the road rather just listening out for them if want to avoid being over the bonnet of an electric

Volvo C30 Electric

The automatic vehicle handled well considering the extra of the battery and added safety and I managed to get the car up to around 100Km/h (62 per hour) on a test track to look and feel like a single carriageway road even noticing.

Volvo claims that top is around 130Km/h and it can go 0-62 per hour in 11 seconds. Obviously doesn’t make it the quickest car in the but it does offer much performance than today’s cars. Volvo reckons its is roughly similar to a 1.6 litre engine car which sounds right.

The first batch of models will be available next year, but with the Ion battery alone currently $80,000 I’m guessing the C30 Electric won’t be exactly though official prices yet to be announced. For the rest of us mere without money to burn I it will be at least a three wait before this electric dream becomes a

So would I buy one? Well providing it is affordable (ie. not more expensive than a car) and easy to fill up. all one of the biggest challenges will be enough points where you can the vehicle.

Those with own garages will be able to use own home’s mains power but for who have their cars on the street it’s simply not to have cables running the pavement! For electric cars to represent the future a lot of work has to go building the infrastructure first.

Below check out our rough cut videos from the test day.

Volvo C30 Electric
Volvo C30 Electric
Volvo C30 Electric
Volvo C30 Electric
Volvo C30 Electric

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