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.
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.