2010 Volvo C30
Yesterday we broke the news that Volvo is launching a fully electric vehicle next month. And although that's technically true, the news probably isn't very interesting to car buyers since the vehicle in question is a golf cart. However, Volvo and EV fans are in for a bit of luck: the company has now announced that it's hard at work on a second EV -- one capable of speeds higher than 9 mph -- based on the Volvo C30.
Like many other manufacturers, Volvo has chosen a small, lightweight vehicle for its first foray into the EV market. And like Volkswagen's up!-based EV we mentioned on Monday, the all-electric C30 is envisioned as a citycar, with a range of just under 100 miles per charge. As Lennart Stegland, director of Volvo Cars Special Vehicles, said in a statement, "This car’s excellent properties in city traffic and its relatively low weight make it particularly suitable, since electric cars are primarily expected to be used in and around cities and for daily commuting."
At the moment, the electric Volvo C30 is being tested with a 24 kWh lithium ion battery pack, which recharges in about eight hours. Top speed will be around 80 mph, and the car's estimated range is 93 miles per charge.
As tantalizing as that news is, there's no word on when such a vehicle might reach the marketplace -- but we look forward to taking a spin in it when it rolls out. For more details and a press release, check the full article at allcarselectric.com.