Volvo tried to keep all things secret but, according to the insideline.com, the adjacent picture was revealed during a supplier event as part of an EnerDel presentation. For those of you who didn't know, EnerDel is a lithium-ion battery manufacturer, which is probably the perfect hint that Volvo might be pondering such a model. The two companies have already worked together on the electric C30.
On the other hand, Volvo is somewhat reticent when it comes to an electric project and strongly denies it. Asked by the aforementioned source whether Volvo is indeed working on a future electric car, spokesman Dan Johnston said that "it's just one of the designer guys in Sweden playing around. We won't have an electric vehicle that looks like an electric vehicle. It won't be like a Prius. You'll see the continuation of [our] design language on the C30."
The electric C30, which was revealed by Volvo at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, is powered by lithium-ion batteries which provide a maximum speed of 130 km/h. The 0-100 km/h sprint is done in 11 seconds, with the whole range reaching 150 kilometers with a fully charged battery.
"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.