Production of Volvo C30 Electric Begins

The Volvo C30 Electric is no longer in the development stages of its life, as the car has now entered production. Following a rigorous assembly process that takes place both at the regular assembly line in the Ghent factory and Goteborg, the electric hatchback will then be delivered to leasing customers, mainly companies, authorities and governmental bodies.

A number of contracts have been secured throughout Europe, including in Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands and Norway, with deliveries expected to take place at the end of the Summer.

Volvo has conducted tests on a fleet of 50 such electric vehicles since 2010 and the C30 Electric was also part of the “One Tonne Life” project in which a family was given the task of living as climate-smart as possible for a period of six months.

The carmaker prides itself with the safety of the cars it makes, so the C30 Electric was crashed at a speed of 64 km/h (40 mph) under controlled conditions and shown to the public at the 2011 NAIAS, to “show the world what a truly safe electric car looks like after a collision with high-speed impact,” according to Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby.

According to the Swedish company, some 250 C30 Electric units will be built this year, but more could arrive if market demands is high enough.

The Volvo C30 Electric is built on the regular assembly line in the Ghent factory and then transported to Goteborg, where the motor, batteries and other model-specific electronics are installed. The batteries are installed where the fuel tank normally sits and also in a special compartment in the car’s central tunnel, which means that boot space remains unchanged.

According to the manufacturer, the C30 Electric comes with a range of up to 95 miles (150 km), thanks to a 24 kWh pack of lithium batteries.
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