Volvo is working with Ericsson and Gothenburg Energy on developing a system in which electric-vehicle drivers can control EV charging levels and make payments for electricity from inside of the car.

The companies, who've named the project ELVIIS (Electric Vehicle Intelligent Infra Structure), are working on a system where a seven-inch touch screens are installed inside Volvo C30 electric vehicles. Drivers can use the screen to control and pay for electricity no matter where they are charging from. Volvo will use five C30 EVs for testing over the next year.

The Swedish automaker is stepping up its investments in electric-drive technology. Volvo said a couple of years ago that it will have invested more than $2 billion between 2006 and 2014 in research and development related to boosting fuel economy and cutting CO2 emissions.

Volvo last June started making the C30 electric and estimated that about 250 would be built by the end of this year for leasing to European customers (read here for a test-drive review). The company estimated that the car would have a single-charge range of about 93 miles, a top speed of 81 miles per hour and a 0-30 miles per hour acceleration time of about four seconds. Volvo, which isn't selling the car, is charging about $2,100 a month for a lease.

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      • 8 Months Ago
      It's not a "real" car. At $2,100 a month, the car will be targeted towards utilities and large municipalities for use as a Beta test. No sane person would spend $2,100 to lease C30 size or shaped car. Ok, so Ed Begley Jr. will probably get one. At $210 a month, the car would be a virtual give away and would be sold out instantly.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Even at $210/month it dosn't interress me.
      • 8 Months Ago
      $2,100 a month is quite a bargain.
        Sasparilla Fizz
        • 8 Months Ago
        Unreal right? Who would want to be paying that? Talk about trying to make sure you don't have enough customers. You could get a new top of the line Tesla Model S and finance it (and own something) for significantly less than that (and get 2 more doors) - not to mention a Leaf or a Volt.
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