Volvo Cars and energy company Göteborg Energi signed a letter of intent regarding cooperation in the area of electrical vehicles and recharge infrastructure. Under the agreement, Volvo will provide 10 Volvo C30 Electric cars (earlier post), with delivery starting during this autumn.
The cars in the test fleet are equipped with advanced measuring instruments to gather data about how parameters such as driving habits and charging patterns affect the battery and its lifetime in the electric car. Volvo is targeting a broader release of the vehicle in 2013.
The Volvo C30 BEV is powered by a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery pack installed in the propshaft tunnel and in the space normally occupied by the fuel tank, outside the passenger compartment and away from the deformations zones. Recharging the C30 BEV pack via a household supply (230V, 16A) will take about eight hours.
The battery in the C30 BEV is designed and developed in the US by EnerDel, Inc., Ener1’s US battery subsidiary.
The car has a range of about 150 km (93 miles), a top speed of about 130 km/h (81 mph) and accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 10.5 seconds. Volvo Cars’s electric car project currently encompasses about 250 vehicles.
However, with more customers we would of course be able to expand our production series. By 2020 about 5-10 percent of cars in Sweden are expected to be electric. By 2020-2025 we believe that electric cars will account for 3-10 percent of the market share in the EU countries. Different markets have different preconditions.—Lennart Stegland, director of the Volvo Car Corporation’s Special Vehicles division