Today, Swedish automaker Volvo announced that production of the C30 Electric has commenced. Initially, the battery-powered C30 will be manufactured and delivered to customers throughout Europe, including Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands and Norway. Volvo says that approximately 250 C30 Electrics will be built by the end of 2012. That number, according to the automaker, could increase if needed.
The Volvo C30 Electric is being built on the automaker's assembly line at its factory in Ghent, Belgium. The vehicle is then transported to Göteborg, Sweden for installation of the electric motor, lithium-ion battery pack and other model-specific electronics.
Volvo says that the C30's effective operating range is around 150 kilometers (93.2 miles). The C30 tops out at about 130 kilometers per hour (80.8 mph) and acceleration from 0 to 50 km/h (0 to 31 mph) is listed at four seconds. Though those numbers seem reasonable, the C30 Electric's price tag does not. Volvo plans to charge lessees around $2,100 a month for the C30 Electric and the automaker says that there will be no option to buy one. So, Volvo is basically asking lessees to dish out $76,674 for a three-year rental.
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The Volvo C30 Electric has now left the product development stage. Initial deliveries to leasing customers, mainly companies, authorities and governmental bodies, will take place immediately after the summer.
The Volvo C30 Electric will be manufactured and delivered to leasing customers throughout Europe, including in Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands and Norway. Tests on a fleet of about 50 cars have been conducted since autumn 2010, mainly internally at the Volvo Car Corporation. A Volvo C30 Electric was also part of the "One Tonne Life" project in which a family was given the task of living as climate-smart as possible for a period of six months. About 250 cars will be built by end 2012, possibly more if market interest takes off.
The Volvo C30 Electric is built on the regular assembly line in the Ghent factory and then transported to Göteborg for installation of the motor, batteries and other model-specific electronics. The batteries are installed where the fuel tank normally sits and also in a special compartment in the car's central tunnel. As a result, the luggage compartment is unchanged. The car is recharged from a regular household power socket. A full recharge takes about 7 hours. The operating range is up to 150 kilometres per full charge. Top speed is 130 km/h and acceleration from 0-50 km/h takes four seconds.
The Volvo C30 Electric project is part of the Volvo Car Corporation's highly ambitious electrification strategy for the forthcoming years. The electric car has attracted considerable international attention.