The Volvo C30 Electric has been put through it's paces in rough winter conditions in order to test that the battery powered car can run smoothly in temperatures up to -20° celsius.
Volvo's requirements of the Volvo C30 are the same as all Volvo models with the Volvo C30 being put through the same tests as well as new tests developed specifically for electric vehicles. Over 200 tests have been performed over all.
The Volvo C30 Electric is equipped with three climate systems:
- One supplies the passengers with heating or cooling.
- One cools or warms the battery pack as necessary.
- The electric motor and power electronics are water-cooled.
Climate control in the passenger compartment takes place via a bio-ethanol powered heater fitted in all cars. The car's ethanol tank can carry 14.5 litres of bio-ethanol.
It is also possible to run the climate unit on electricity from the batteries. In electric mode an immersion heater warms up the coolant in the climate unit.
"The driver can program and control the climate unit to suit the trip. Ethanol is the default mode that is used when the battery capacity is needed for driving, extending mobility to its maximum. However, on shorter distances electricity can be used to power the climate system," explains Lennart Stegland.Published 28 March 2011