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Electroengine and partners convert Volvo C70 to battery electric for technology demonstrator and testbed

Electroengine, the Swedish company that is working with Saab on the 9-3 ePower battery-electric vehicle (earlier post), recently unveiled a Volvo C70 converted with a battery-electric powertrain—the True Electric C70— at the Electric Car Seminar, Helsingborg, Sweden.

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The True Electric C70. Click to enlarge.

The car accelerates from 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds, with a top speed of more than 125 mph (201 km/h) has a range of up to 200 miles (322 km) on a single charge.

We have already successfully completed several joint projects earlier during the year, a year in which we have showcased our electric powertrain, our know-how and our ability to develop leading edge solutions in the field of EV (Electric Vehicle) technology. We now feel it high time to demonstrate what our True Electric technology is really capable of, when comprehensively applied to a large high-performance car. With the generous support of Öresundskraft, Lunds Energi and Energihuset, we have been able to transform a Volvo C70 into a pure electric car, featuring the most advanced technologies. This has been possible by employing our latest battery and battery management technology, in combination with the world’s lightest (power-to-weight) and most energy-efficient electric motors and power electronics.

This blistering performance is possible thanks to the 400 bhp available from direct drive engines connected to all four wheels, which deliver a gut-wrenching 650 N·m of torque per wheel.

—Björn Karlström, Electroengine

As well as a technology demonstrator, we plan to use the car to test new breakthrough concepts, as we continue to refine powertrains and batteries over the next few years. We even look forward to the winter, when we can test how our 4WDD and advanced torque vectoring technology can reduce braking distances, improve traction and enhance driving characteristics.

—Thomas Bergfjord, Electroengine

(A hat-tip to Tomas!)

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