Volvo's development and production of the C30 is humming along, albeit at a slow and deliberate pace. The automaker plans to lease 90 or so C30 BEVs to customers throughout Sweden and will closely watch how the vehicles cope with the rigors of real-world use. It will use this data to refine the technology before launching the vehicle to the public in 2013. This refinement, Volvo chief executive officer Stefan Jacoboy states, will lead to a product that, "sets the standard in the industry."
Additionally, Gustavsson claims that the battery-powered C30 is a no-compromise vehicle that, "offers the same comfort, the same space and the same safety as the C30." Safety is the backbone of Volvo, and the electric C30's crash test video speaks for itself. If the C30 electric is destined to "set the industry standard," then one could only hope that the automaker's upcoming plug-in hybrid, as well as its fuel cell range-extended electric vehicle prototype, raise the bar to new heights as well.
What, haven't you heard that Volvo is prototyping a fuel cell range extender for its C30 electric? No. That's okay, we'll fill you in. Volvo aims to have two working prototypes that utilize fuel cell technology to extend the range of its battery-powered C30. The prototypes, developed with assistance from Powercell Sweden AB, should hit the streets by 2012. Volvo anticipates that the fuel cell unit will provide the C30 with at least 155 miles of additional range. If all goes as planned, a production version could follow.
A Volvo C30 DRIVe Electric with a hydrogen fuel cell range extender, yeah, that's a vehicle with real potential to, "set the industry standard." Hit the jump for more on Volvo's plans to development range-extending fuel cell technology for the battery-powered C30. Hat tip to Roy!