Volvo has started production on the Volvo C30 Electric, with leasing customers, primarily companies, authorities and government bodies throughout Europe, including Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands and Norway, taking delivery after the summer.
Around 50 Volvo C30 Electric test cars have been undergoing tests since autumn 2010, mainly internally at Volvo Car Corporation. A Volvo C30 Electric is also involved in the "One Tonne Life" project, where one family has been tasked with living as climate-smart as possible for six months. Around 250 cars will be built by the end of 2012, if market interest takes off, more may be built.
The Volvo C30 Electric will be built on the assembly line in the Ghent factory, before being transported to Goteborg in order to have the motor, batteries and other electronics. The batteries get installed where the fuel tank would sit in standard cars, as well as in a special compartment in the car's central tunnel, this avoids compromising the luggage compartment.
Charged through a regular household power socket, a full recharge for the Volvo C30 Electric takes 7 hours, with an operating range of up to 150 kilometres.
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