Volvo will showcase its first all-electric car in the form of a C30 at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. Over 50 mules will start real-life tests the following year.

During the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit an all-electric Volvo C30 will be exhibited. It represents the next evolution of the brand towards clean and sustainable energies. Volvo's first C30 electric prototype was announced in September 2009. Since then modifications were made accordingly.

"The first prototype helped us identify the main technological challenges," said Lennart Stegland, Director of Volvo Cars Special Vehicles, "such as battery packaging and safety issues. We have addressed these challenges without compromising the C30's cool and fun-to-drive personality. I am very happy with the result. The electric C30 in Detroit is a much more complete product."

Maximum power from the engine is 82kW (111hp) and because this is an electric car, it is all available instantly. Acceleration from 0 - 100km/h takes 10.5 seconds while top speed from a full battery pack is 130km/h (81 mph). A total range of 150km (93 mph) can be expected. Volvo says the 280kg (617 lbs) lithium-ion batteries can be fully charged through a normal household power socket in about 8 hours. Where the infrastructure exists a roadside charging station can also be used.

A test fleet of at least 50 units will be given to selected parties to be used as real-life prototypes from 2011. Volvo hopes to gather useful data regarding how people interact with the cars, especially when it comes to the quiet electric motor, different instrumentation and the driving experience as a whole.


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