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Volvo Introduces C30 Electric Concept

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It looks like a regular Volvo C30 and it features the very same safety, comfort and space as the standard car - the difference is that it is powered solely by electricity, entirely without exhaust emissions, and has a range of up to 150 kilometers.

Volvo Cars' ambitious electrification strategy has quickly produced concrete results. In addition to the market introduction of a plug-in hybrid in 2012, work is currently under way on evaluating the viability of an entirely electric-powered car known as a BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle).

In 2009, a small number of prototype versions of the C30 BEV have been built and tested internally by Volvo. In addition to focusing on performance and safety, much of the focus is on integration of the electric propulsion system with the rest of the car.

The Volvo C30 BEV is powered with a Lithium-Ion battery that is charged via a regular power socket found in most homes.
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Recharging an entirely depleted battery via the regular household power supply system (230V, 16A) will take about eight hours. If the car is charged with renewable electricity this means that emissions - all the way from electricity production to its use out on the road - will in principle be non-existent.

The electric motor is housed under the bonnet, just like the engine in a conventional car. One of the priorities within the BEV project is to find the optimal placing of the battery.  Most likely is the prop shaft tunnel and the place where the fuel tank normally is located the best places. These locations are within the car's optimized crumple zone in the most common collision scenarios. Since the car runs solely on electricity, it requires a larger battery with higher capacity (24 kWh) than in the case of the plug-in hybrid (12 kWh).T
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The C30 BEV is limited to a top speed of about 130 kilometers an hour, which will be more than sufficient for most users of this type of car. Acceleration from 0 to 100 kilometers an hour will take less than 11 seconds. The car will have a range of up to 150 kilometers. This range is longer and far better than the distance 90 percent of all Europe's motorists drive per day.

Volvo Cars imposes the very same high safety standards on all its products irrespective of the type of fuel or power source used. Volvo's safety dedication is always focused on the human being and is based on solid know-how of real-life traffic situations. What is more, comprehensive in-house tests are carried out both virtually and in Volvo's highly advanced crash-test laboratory. If Volvo chooses to introduce an entirely new type of electric car on the market, it will be just as safe as any other car bearing the Volvo badge.

Volvo has theoretically identified all the electrification-related safety scenarios in the stages before, during and after a collision. After careful study of these scenarios, the company's engineers will create solutions for handling each and every situation identified, guaranteeing that any future electric cars fully match Volvo's renowned safety standards in every respect.

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