Taking an electric drive in the Volvo C30 Los Angeles Auto Show CNET Reviews

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The Los Angeles Auto Show a green focus, with drivetrains and electric cars So it is here that Volvo let us the electric version of its C30 model, as the C30 Drive Electric.

The car was waiting for us in a garage of the Los Angeles Convention plugged in to an AC outlet through an cord. Volvo chose the C30 for an electric drivetrain because it is the and lightest car in the lineup, although by standards this car is on the large It is an attractive design and offers the of a hatchback.

The cabin of the C30 Drive Electric the same premium quality come to expect from with some rough hacked on for this electric

CNET editor Wayne drives the streets of LA in the electric C30.

(Credit: Daniel

Turning the key, we saw the instrument light up and go through the same of boot process we’ve in both the Nissan Leaf and Volt. The charge level nearly full, not bad for a car that had taken out all day on drives around Los Angeles.

Our Volvo minder told us to the drive mode lever, a piece of metal that fit into our palm, back one putting the car into Drive. a standard shift lever, drive selector had no gate, popping back to its center

With the car in Drive we pushed the and in typical electric car fashion it smoothly and quietly forward, the of instantaneous torque obvious. off the accelerator caused the car to slow a more than accounted for by as the car’s generator used the motion to regenerate electricity for the

Pressing the brakes did not increase but merely engaged the friction We would expect that could cause the brake to initially activate strong to maximize battery recharge, engaging the friction brakes.

Volvo C30 Electric

The selector returns to its center after each push or

(Credit: Daniel Terdiman/CNET)

in Drive mode, we pushed the back once more, put the car into what Volvo sailing mode. Intended for and highway driving, this decouples regeneration, so lifting off the lets the car coast freely.


As we drove, we found opportunity to the accelerator to the floor, but on city only getting up to about 45 The acceleration held up well to point, but felt like it drop off as speed increased.

it around corners, the low and centrally weight of the battery packs evident, making for good Volvo says that the C30 Electric has a 57/43 percent split between front and Although no perfectly balanced car, this C30 felt in the turns.

With its 24kWh Enerdel pack, the C30 Drive Electric has a of 94 miles. As with most cars today, recharge is measured in hours, with the car for urban commuting rather long hauls.

Volvo is building versions of the car for fleet use by and government agencies in Europe, and it to bring a small test to California. No date has been for mass production at this

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