Volvo’s electric future driven Car Reviews by Car Enthusiast

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| First Drive | Gothenburg, | Volvo C30 BEV prototype |

Like other car manufacturer, Volvo is into the idea of electric We visited Volvo’s test to sample the battery electric car could be in Volvo showrooms five years.

In the Metal

At glance Volvo’s future-looking is nothing more than a C30. But those stickers that this is no ordinary but a battery powered electric — or BEV for short. So under the — DRIVe wheeled and liveried — C30 body is a of lithium ion battery packs and an motor.

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at the moment. You’d need a cheque to get Volvo to part this prototype vehicle it’s just one of two in existence. the company is serious about versions, but they’ll not be on the road in any numbers until mid-to-late decade.

The two batteries are housed the floor and in the tunnel were the would usually fit, allowing the C30 BEV to offer the same protection as its conventionally powered — this is a Volvo all.

Officially it’ll around 100 miles on a full but that’s calculated using the unrealistic NEDC test In the real world it’ll be closer to around 60-75 on a single charge. That will inevitably rise in as battery technology improves, as the eight-hour full recharging will hopefully drop Volvo’s electric cars reach consumers.

Driving it

Range anxiety an issue on Volvo’s short track so driving the BEV is a real It’s utterly silent, the indication it’s actually on being via the instruments. Acceleration is with Volvo quoting a time of 10.5 seconds, but that when fully and light of passengers it’ll a time a good bit quicker. As the deteriorates it’ll be closer to the 10.5 seconds, though.

It’ll reach 85mph if you too, but the batteries aren’t to last very long if you on doing so very often. No, anticipates owners using the BEV as an machine, a runabout that can the average European round-trip of around 30-40 miles on a charge.

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Aside from the it feels just like a C30. Response to the accelerator is and although it feels a bit heavier quotes about 100kg than a conventional C30), little of the heavy regenerative effect we’ve experienced in other electric cars. it’s an automatic, so driving it be simpler.

Worth Noting

The only real difference the BEV, aside from of the information screens unique to the prototype, is the dial replacing the rev It swings in two directions, to the left the BEV is coasting and regaining power, or to the when you’re using it. In the of it there’s a ‘fuel’ gauge you how much energy is left in the It all feels production ready, costs are keeping it out of the hands of presently. At today’s prices need to spend in excess of and perhaps closer to Ј40,000 for fully electric machine.

will come down Volvo stating that the alone have dropped in by 30 percent in the last six months and pointing out that laptop (which are effectively the same as powering the BEV) used to around $1,000 a kWh compared to than $250 today.


It’ll be a while you can buy this car — actually its — with an electric That wait will see drop further, the clarification of subsidies, a clearer means of charging rates from firms and better battery and packaging. As a glimpse into the it’s certainly an interesting though even in five time people are going to to accept range compromises full electric vehicles.

explains why Volvo is also plug-in diesel hybrids, will be with us sooner and electric-only drive capability for 30 miles before using the engine. Expect them in by 2012 and a test drive up much sooner.

Volvo C30 Electric
Volvo C30 Electric
Volvo C30 Electric

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