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Volvo has always had an alternative in the United States market, to a certain segment of the upper class and above that is to its once-quirky, always safety-minded But alternative fuels have been a big part of the appeal.

there’s been the odd diesel here over the years, but the things found under the of most Volvos are five-cylinder

This isn’t the case where oil-burning Volvos are as are ones that run on ethanol and compressed natural gas. so, internal combustion of some has always been the primary of its cars. That changes

Starting in 2012 the Swedish will begin selling a hybrid version of the V60 — a version of the S60 sedan that is not in the United States. Not only the car be the company’s first hybrid, but the world’s first hybrid to use a engine. Like the V60 itself, are currently no plans to sell the car in the but Volvo has something else in for us.

The C30 Electric is a battery-powered version of the car that Volvo currently To create it, the sporty three-door was stripped of its engine and transmission and had an electric powertrain installed consists of a 110 horsepower motor the front wheels and a T-shaped battery pack tucked the central tunnel of the car and the space by the no-longer-necessary fuel tank.

head of special vehicles, Stegland tells FoxNews.com the decision to convert an existing car to drive, rather than a unique vehicle as Nissan did its Leaf. was partly about but intended to streamline the process of by taking as many variables out of the as possible. This allowed his to focus its efforts on all of the new technologies

In keeping with the company’s as a safetynik, much effort was put protecting the reinforced 600-pound pack in the event of an accident. Its in the middle of the car isolates it from any crumple zones, and eight crash tests have the near invulnerability of the installation.

The pack itself is built by an Indianapolis-based company that is a supplier for Think, a Norwegian that is currently building a two-seat electric car in Indiana. of 384 individual cells, each the size of a sheet of paper and as as a stack of 20 or so, the 24 kilowatt-hour pack about 8 hours to be recharged a 220-volt outlet and provides the C30 with a maximum range of up to 100 Volvo concedes that drivers can expect a more range of 75 and 95 miles, dependent on style and environment, but adds statistics show that is to satisfy the daily driving of 90% of the world’s population.

On a short test drive in the Volvo exhibited the holy of electric cars: complete The response of the accelerator and brake – often a bugaboo of battery-powered – felt nearly perfect. with hardly any changes to the of the conventioal C30, there isn’t much to tip you off that odd is afoot.

That is, aside a energy flow meter the tachometer usually is and the soft of the electric motor as it seamlessly – is only one gear – propels you on way.

Most impressive is the invisible integration of the battery and its electronic controls within the existing structure. Even the Leaf has a large intrusion in its area for its charger, and the upcoming Focus Electric features a box the of a piece of checked baggage its rear seats.


Volvo developed the C30 Electric in over two years, and all indications are it did its homework along the way. to the Leaf – the product of a much and likely more costly – the C30 Electric has little to be embarrassed Except, perhaps, for the fact it’s not entirely an electric

One of the main drawbacks of electric is that the performance of their varies greatly with the Extreme temperatures, particularly the can greatly reduce their to hold a full charge, combined with the use of heat and air in the cabin, leads to a significantly driving range. Some vehicles, like the Chevy and Tesla Roadster. use actively battery packs to help this affect, as does the C30

The difference is that while the in the other cars run off the batteries also cutting into to some extent, the Volvo has a generator on board that E85.

It’s an interesting, if less pure solution to a vexing but one that makes sense for a car a country that extends the Arctic Circle. However, says that even used in extreme conditions, the C30 will use less than 4 of E85 every three weeks. If the runs dry, the climate system merely reverts to power and you’re all electric

Sales of the Volvo C30 Electric expected to begin before but later this year the will put a test fleet of 250 cars on the road in several around the globe – including New and Los Angeles – in order to collect world data from the and feedback from their Pricing for a production version been set, but Stegland that it could be as much as or twice what a conventional C30 for.

With looming CO2 emissions in Europe, increasing fuel standards in the United States and drive to cut its dependence on imported oil by its fast-growing population of automobiles, is ready to embrace this fuel, which is itself becoming mainstream.

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