"The first prototype helped us identify the main technological challenges, such as battery packaging and safety issues. We have addressed these challenges without compromising the C30's cool and fun-to-drive personality. I am very happy with the result. The electric C30 in Detroit is a much more complete product," says Lennart Stegland, Director of Volvo Cars Special Vehicles.
The car is powered by lithium-ion batteries that can be easily recharged via any regular household power socket or using public charging stations, with the whole process taking up to eight hours if the battery is fully depleted.
A full battery provides a maximum speed of 130 km/h, with 0 to 100 km/h acceleration done in 11 seconds. It provides a range of 150 kilometers and has a weight of 280 kilos.
"What is more, they are well encapsulated and the structure around them has been reinforced. Electric cars represent yet another interesting challenge in our dedication to building the world's safest cars. An electrically powered Volvo must be as safe as all other new Volvos. And the very same standards also apply to ownership, driving and protection in the event of an accident," says Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor at Volvo Cars.