Volvo Car’s electrification strategy continues with its confirmation this morning that it is converting a small number of production C30 compact models to battery electric vehicles (EVs) for development and testing.
The Swedish company previously announced that it would offer a line of plug-in hybrids starting in 2012. This, of course, is well behind the auto industry’s ongoing hybridization, which has been underway for more than a decade now, with Toyota producing its third generation of Prius, while Honda is on its second generation Insight.
“The Volvo C30 is the first model we will try out with electric power. This car’s excellent properties in city traffic and its relatively low weight make it particularly suitable, since electric cars are primarily expected to be used in and around cities and for daily commuting,” says Lennart Stegland, Director of Volvo Cars Special Vehicles.
The electric C30 will use lithium ion batteries and has a claimed range of up to 150 kilometers. Recharging an entirely discharged battery with the regular household power ( European 230V, 16A) will take an estimated eight hours.