It may be limited in number and expensive as all get out, but the Volvo C30 Electric does have some big fans. In fact, the all-electric (almost) vehicle was named the "Green Car of the Year" in China at the 4th China New Energy Mobility Summit.

This week, Volvo delivered 15 of the C30 EVs to Shanghai as part of something called EV100 Days. The project will see "qualified volunteer drivers" test a C30 Electric for, well, 100 days. The Shanghai International Automotive City Group (SIAC) also just marked the first anniversary of its electric vehicle (EV) campaign. Given that Volvo is now owned by Chinese automaker Geely, Freeman Shen, the senior vice president of Volvo Car Corporation and chairman of China Operations, said that bringing the C30 Electric to China is really introducing it to "our second home market." It makes sense that Volvo is interested in collecting data "about the C30 Electric's performance on Chinese roads as well as the driving habits of Chinese consumers," since the company mentions the getting ready for the "mass promotion of electric vehicles in China and the development of next-generation electric vehicles."
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Volvo C30 Electric awarded "Green Car of the Year" in China
More E-cars delivered to SIAC as Volvo Drive-E Action carries on


While the Shanghai International Automotive City Group (SIAC) marked its first anniversary of the electric vehicle (EV) campaign on July 20, 2012, Volvo Car Corporation delivered 15 Volvo C30 Electric cars to the City for pioneering open road test-drive project - EV100 Days. Meanwhile, Volvo C30 Electric was also awarded "Green Car of the Year" in China at the 4th China New Energy Mobility Summit in recognition of its world-leading safety and superb performance on the same day.

According to Freeman Shen, Senior Vice President of Volvo Car Corporation and Chairman of China Operations, delivering Volvo C30 Electric to SIAC and launching of public road test drives represents a solid step of Volvo Car Corporation in the process of promoting new energy vehicles in China, and as a result of Volvo's Drive-E corporate strategy which covers optimization of traditional combustion engines, and development of plug-in hybrids and electric ones.

"We feel honor yet responsibility to share our world-class know-how in new energy vehicles with China, our second home market, in joint efforts from regulators, suppliers and customers. We're confident to take a prominent role in China's safe and sustainable electrification development, making cars for a better life," said Freeman.

A fleet of 15 Volvo C30 Electrics to join SIAC's EV100 real road test-driving

As a substantial step forward since Volvo Car Corporation signed the MoU with SIAC last November on new energy vehicle demonstration and data collection, Volvo delivered 15 electric cars for public testing during the first anniversary of SIAC's EV campaign. A recruitment call was made for open road test-drive projects - EV100, a period of some three months in which qualified volunteer drivers can own and drive a Volvo C30 Electric.

The first group of pilot users include Ms Charlotta Holm Vestberg, Consular of the Swedish Consulate in Shanghai, and Mr Gao Yuan and Ms Ji Xueping, famous local TV anchors with Dragon TV.

"The handover and kick-off of public involvement is a milestone for Volvo Car Corporation's new energy vehicle move in China. We are really proud to introduce this great car to ordinary Chinese car users," said Freeman Shen.

By starting this project Volvo Car Corporation will be able to collect more data about the C30 Electric's performance on Chinese roads as well as the driving habits of Chinese consumers, by monitoring and analyzing operation of these cars. The company will in turn be able to translate the knowledge acquired during the project into future product development. The study will also provide a reference for mass promotion of electric vehicles in China and the development of next-generation electric vehicles.

During the project, Volvo Car Corporation will support local government's efforts in industrialization of new energy vehicles, providing technical supports, building infrastructures, promoting EV and used EV sales, car insurance, annual checkups, as well we road traffic management. Volvo Car Corporation will share with local government its experience in business operations and management of the new energy vehicle industry accumulated overseas.

C30 Electric carries on Volvo's Safety legend

In the second half of Volvo Cars China operations' Drive-E experience day, the 4th China New Energy Mobility Summit was held at SIAC. Influential speakers and nationwide press gathered to share insights into "Action towards a safe electrification". The occasion comes right after a recent launch of China National Energy Saving & New Energy Automotive Development Plan, and therefore drew wide attention.

Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development, Volvo Car Corporation delivered a keynote speech on Volvo's electrification strategy and technology roadmap, featuring Volvo's safe green cars with no compromise of performance, functionality and appearance, from normal Drive-E versions, V60 plug-in hybrids to C30 electric. "We are focusing on future development. China is crucial, so we're open and committed to develop green solutions with local partners here and around the world." Peter Mertens stated.

The summit awarded Volvo C30 Electric "Green Car of the Year" in China to recognize its uncompromising performance and world leading Safety.

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      PR
      • 2 Years Ago
      There have been rumblings on the web (not suitable for re-print) that many at Volvo see much less resistance to EV's in China, where no political parties line up to mindlessly bash EV's. Without a party using EV's as a line of attack in order to gain office, these folks see China as the best new market for EV's. Some at Volvo see the sale to Geely, which they initially saw as a very bad sign, was actually like having the welcome gates thrown open for them, and could lead to successful EV sales well beyond anything they could have ever achieved in the No. Am. and EU markets combined.
      Marco Polo
      • 2 Years Ago
      While I was among the first to castigate DF's disgraceful rant, I'm not sure that censorship is the right solution. In fact, I think it was better that DF's mad comments were seen to be so overwhelmingly opposed by so many comments, than he was silenced. Censorship, like political correctness, is dangerous. It always ends up with a result far worse than the rantings of a few idiotic bigots. One of the great glories of the US Constitution is the right to free speech. Not polite speech, not correct speech, just speech ! "Without free speech no search for truth is possible... no discovery of truth is useful... Better a thousandfold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech. The abuse dies in a day, but the denial slays the life of the people, and entombs the hope of the human race." -Charles Bradlaugh
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Marco Polo
        You have a somewhat romanticised view of both the constitution, admirable document though that is, and it's relation to practical mores and the role of the state in preventing disorder, at their discretion, by the expression of views which are not approved of. At the time when the constitution was being written, I rather imagine that someone walking around the streets of many American villages and towns would have had a dusty reception if they had expressed the view that the British were not too bad and that they quite liked their king, and were eager to remain his subject. The degree to which one's speech is free is in practise limited and partial. if you go to Washington DC right now and express admiration for Al Queda and terrorism, your speech may remain free, but your person certainly will not.
          Marco Polo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          Dave Mart The enemies of free speech are seldom tyrants, but ourselves, with endless little compromises in our daily lives to censor those whose views we find distasteful. The fact that human behavior seldom reaches the ideal, doesn't mean that we should abandon trying to implement those ideals. The US Bill of rights, is something to live up to, and expand upon it's noble aspirations, not compromise and and water down the constitution when inconvenient, until the ideals are lost. . For all it's imperfections, the USA is one of the few nations on earth where free speech is guaranteed. Free speech does have limitations. (Fire in a crowded theatre etc). But in general, you have more to fear from those who would limit free speech, that those who abuse the it's privilege. Defending free speech is not of value when you agree with the speaker, but when you disagree ! DF's rant may be offensive, but by limiting his right to free speech, you have also laid the foundation for others to limit your own.
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          @marco: I am a pretty simple guy. I will tell people a couple of times that they are out of order, and if they don't listen will use any and all weapons which come to hand. I am talking about behaviour which would merit a direct physical rebuke face to face, and I don't see why people should be able to hide behind the anonymity of the net to indulge in aggressive and repulsive behaviour. If they want to behave in language which is outside of the terms of use of this site, AOL and their ISP, not to mention illegal, they can expect to be pulled on it.
        Marcopolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Marco Polo
        @Dave Mart, Yeah, I know what you mean ! (And I admire all those who take a stand against bigotry. ) But resorting to force, seldom works out well in the long run. (mind you, it's taken me a lifetime to work that out! :) . “It is the duty of every man in a free society, to speak his mind freely! It is also the duty of every man to make sure what is on his mind, is worth saying!" Thomas Paine 1737 – 1809
      PR
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was searching for a post I had made earlier, and I ended up in the Chevy Gay Pride blogs. The weird thing was that all the Dan comments that ABG let sit there and stink up the site for days, all the sudden are now gone. It is interesting how ABG felt it was perfectly OK to let openly homophobic comments by Dan that were flagged by multiple people to sit in this blog for days, triggering huge numbers of page hits. But now after all the page hits are over, ABG finally comes back and cleans up all the homophobic posts that Dan made. Cleaning up all the evidence that ABG would allow disgusting openly homophobic crap to be posted, only as long as it was making ABG profits. But now that ABG has made the profits, they suddenly don't want to be associated with the homophobic crap they allowed to stay posted for days. ABG -- profiteering off of Homophobic comments, then cleaning up all the evidence after the profits have been booked. Disgusting.
        PeterScott
        • 2 Years Ago
        @PR
        ABG regularly pumps the sensationalism in their stories to up the hits, but I doubt they seriously are trying to profit from homophobic slurs from low lifes. More likely just laziness and neglect in policing user postings.
          PR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PeterScott
          PeterScott, It certainly could be that ABG is profiteering off of homophobic comments purely because of neglect and laziness. From where I live, that is when someone who is honest and verdant stands up and issues an apology for their neglect and laziness. If that is the case, I'll be the first to accept their apology. But ABG very much did profiteer on those homophobic posts by failing to delete them when flagged to be in violation of ABG's own rules. The moral distance between intentionally profiteering from it, and profiteering by letting it happen through neglect and laziness and not issuing an apology, just isn't that big of a moral gap in my personal opinion. Your personal values may differ.
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @PR
        It may be coincidence, but a couple of days ago due to ABG's sloth and practise of regularly ignoring offensive and in many jurisdictions illegal posts I contacted AOL directly regarding a particular poster - not Dan. It seems possible that AOL have instructed ABG to clean up their act, and stop allowing both their own policy and legal requirements to be repeatedly violated. I would suggest that it is best if the offences are both premeditated and repeated that AOL should be contacted. AOL have the option to contact the ISP of people repeatedly offending. All posters in fact have full legal responsibility for their posts, and some posts violate the conditions of posting here, on AOL, and those of their ISP.
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Chinese company Volvo EV wins Chinese awards self interest, Chinese like electric vehicles they own most of the rare earth materials self interest, China the new Saudi Arabia once oil runs dry, China will become the new Detriot putting most of the world auto workers on the dole more self interest... Nobody is one little bit interested in EV's in Europe we will just bypass them on to proper zero emission transport cycling, it will make us healthier, wealthier with no need to spew out tons of crap out of some fossil fuel power station elsewhere in a self righteous hypocritical EV.
      goodoldgorr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Green car of the year while there is not a single unit sold to a paying customer.. Does it have a battery cooling system ? Because we learn this week with the leaf story that heat can permanently damage a battery.
        Nick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Good to see you've been taking your pills lately, your comments start to make more sense.
          Archonic
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nick
          Are you aware of how many American Car awards are just out there to pat American manufacturers on the back?
          Marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nick
          Archonic Ah, thank you for pointing that out ! I believe there was some confusion if American Car Awards went to American Car Makers ! Well, well, I suppose it's pretty pointless for Dacia to enter after all !
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