• Aug 10th 2009 at 9:28AM
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According to Autocar, Volvo has confirmed it's planning to debut an all-electric C30 hatchback at its Innovation for Life event at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. We first heard rumors of such a machine last week, but at the time the Swedish automaker wasn't willing to confirm its presence.

Says an unnamed source from Volvo, "One of the cars that will be shown at the... event will be an all-electric C30 and that car will be driven. At the moment, the all-electric C30 is just a concept and Volvo has no current plans to put it into production." When pressed about its chances of hitting dealers, the source said, "It is an evaluation concept... It's being worked on and is part of an ongoing evaluation and we will make a decision in the future. At the moment, we are not considering putting it into production."

Volvo has confirmed an upcoming plug-in hybrid hybrid version of its V70 wagon using an electric motor to power the rear wheels and a diesel engine to power the front. That car is expected to debut in full production form in 2012.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks very nice in white, not so sure about the rims and grille though. Main problem with Volvo is the price. Too close to the more prestigious German brands. People aren't ready for that yet and probably never will be.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, if it's more affordable than the electric MINI, I'd be very interested...but I'm guessing it will push over $35k pretty easily.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I find it a little pointless to show a concept with technology that isn't innovative or efficient, and then going on to say you have no plans to produce it.

      So Volvo, exactly what's the point of this car? Showing us that you too can put laptop batteries in a car and not make it cuz it's too expensive? It's been done a bunch of times already...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree completely. Come on now Volvo, just make the car!! The car companies are SOOOOOOOO SLOOOOOOOOOOOW to actually *make* all the energy efficient cars they love to *talk* about.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The C30 would make a nice EV, but what I would love to see is an EV Ford Fiesta.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It makes sense for Volvo to offer either electric or plug-in vehicles. It is much easier to charge a premium for the technology when you are selling a Volvo than a Chevrolet (Volt).