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Volvo C30 Electric Car Confirmed

by Ken on Sep.17, 2009

Regulations are even smaller volume into expensive EV programs.

Car’s electrification strategy with its confirmation this that it is converting a small of production C30 compact models to electric vehicles (EVs) for and testing.

The Swedish company announced that it would a line of plug-in hybrids in 2012. This, of course, is behind the auto industry’s hybridization, which has been for more than a decade with Toyota producing its generation of Prius, while is on its second generation Insight.

The C30 is the first model we will try out electric power. This car s properties in city traffic and its low weight make it particularly since electric cars are expected to be used in and around and for daily commuting, says Stegland, Director of Volvo Special Vehicles.

The electric C30 will use lithium ion and has a claimed range of up to 150 kilometers. an entirely discharged battery the regular household power ( 230V, 16A) will an estimated eight hours.

ion batteries explode if punctured, s why battery pack location is

The electric motor is housed hood of the C30. One of Volvo’s for the EV project is to find the optimal for the battery. It currently thinks the locations are the  tunnel the  middle of the car (GM’s for example) or in front of the rear the place where the fuel normally is installed.

Most have arrived at these since they are within the car s crumple zone in typical scenarios. Since the C30 runs on electricity, it requires a much battery with higher (24 kWh) than in the case of plug-in hybrid (12 kWh).

EU Regulations Are Forcing Makers EVs

The European Union is moving — over automakers’ protests — new CO2 standards for passenger cars dictate a reduction in average CO2 from new cars to 120 g/km. than 9% of the cars sold in the EU in met this level of emissions. The of moving towards CO2 of 120 g/km by through vehicle technology are at about €3,600 ($5,108) on an per car. (The EU does not light trucks as we do in the U.S. cars and commercial vehicles. And there are complicated credits and or special treatment for cars by the wealthy.)

While there is an phase-in for the new EU regulation, it still on the surface extremely ambitious — 65% of new will comply with in 2012 when the plug-in appear; 75% in 2013; 80% in 2014 and in 2015.

Since CO2 emissions are proportional to the amount of any carbon-based that is burned, CO2 standards can be at as fuel economy requirements. But it is difficult to make clear since Europe calculates economy on liters of fuel per 100 kilometers driven, different and the opposite of our miles per gallon

The new Volvo C30 DRIVe that in Frankfurt earlier this has “Start/Stop” technology and uses 3.8 liters of diesel fuel per 100 km. it emits just 99 grams of It is cars such as this present formidable challenges to who want to sell (thus much more expensive EVs to get credits so they can  selling larger cars.


The Volvo C30 BEV is limited to a top of about 130 kilometers an hour, the company hopes will be than sufficient for most EV Acceleration from zero-to-100 kmh take less than 11 which is adequate but slower an equivalent gasoline-engine car.

Volvo says it has theoretically all the electrification-related safety scenarios in the before, during and after a After studying these the company s engineers will solutions for handling each identified, ensuring that electric cars match s safety standards.


Volvo Cars   main strategy over the coming relies on plug-in hybrids, for its larger car and crossover models. all makers have arrived at same conclusion and are in the process of plug-in hybrids, even serious questions remain  their viability. Plug-in do offer longer range, not great environmental performance, and less on expensive battery that will be used in EVs.

The consumer must that this type of car is both to drive and own. In to ensure this, we feel electric cars will to be as comfortable and safe and offer levels of performance as cars other power sources. The from the C30 BEV project will us to fulfill all these criteria and Volvo s determination to drive in the field of electrification, says Gustavsson, Director of Electrification at Volvo Cars.

While there is an implementation for the new EU regulation, it appears on the surface ambitious — 65% of new cars will with requirements in 2012 the Volvos appear; 75% in 2013; 80% in and 100% in 2015. Since CO2 are directly proportional to the amount of any fuel that is burned, CO2 can be looked at as fuel economy But here it is difficult to make comparisons since Europe fuel economy on liters of consumed per 100 kilometers driven, units and the opposite of our miles per method.

U.S. Follows EU on C02

The is also in the process of setting a CO2 as part of President Obama’s National Fuel Efficiency which adopts uniform standards to regulate both economy and greenhouse gas emissions. the outcome is unknown, what is is that the U.S. fleet average 35.5 mpg by 2016 cars at 39 mpg. One estimate that to get to the 120 gram CO2 limit in our CAFE would have to go to 48 But beware of all the numbers being about. MPG numbers are given to manipulation, especially when it to CAFE and or electric vehicles.

See 100 MPG: Holy Grail or

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