Volvo claim the 24kwh battery gives the C30 BEV a range of up to 93 miles. It reaches 62mph in a respectable 11 seconds and the top speed is limited to 80mph. Volvo also claim it has the same safety, comfort, and space as the conventional C30.
Paul Gustavsson, Director of Electrification Strategy, said: 'The consumer must feel that this type of car is attractive both to drive and own. In order to ensure this, we feel that electric cars will have to be as comfortable and safe and offer similar levels of performance as cars with other power sources.'
Volvo believe electric power is a 'suitable and practical fuel for passenger cars of the near future'. The C30 BEV is therefore being tested to evaluate the technology's potential. We may have to wait a few years – but traditional engines are clearly living on borrowed time.
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