We haven't touched on the battery-powered Volvo C30 in quite some time now, but in no way does that indicate that plans aren't moving along. In fact, Volvo expects to have the first ten C30 BEVs on the road this fall. Dibbs on the first batch of C30s has been called out by Goteborg Energi of Sweden. The energy company will put the the C30s through the rigors of daily fleet use and Volvo will collect data via instruments added to the cars.
The measurements taken from the test fleet should help Volvo fine tune the prototype vehicles and ready it for a production debut in 2013. In its current form, the C30 boasts a range of 90 miles, a top speed of 81 miles per hour, and the ability to dash to 60 mph in less than 11 seconds while packing a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Parts of the vehicle's powertrain were designed and developed by EnerDel, Inc. Hopefully, the electric-version will retain the attributes that make the gasoline-powered C30 such a joy to drive.