Volvo presents an electric car prototype that can be used to drive on city streets. C30 BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) was first introduced at the 2010 North American International Car Show in Detroit to bring the company a step further in the process of developing environmentally zero emission.
The C30 looks like the Volvo C30 petrol that offers the same safety, comfort and comfort as a standard car. The most obvious difference in the car is the new instrument facing the driver. Gauges and graphics are somewhat different from conventional Volvo. Cool and user-friendly combined instruments in principle only show road speed and energy consumption. However, it also integrates a number of new symbols such as a battery charging status gauge and other relevant information for this type of vehicle.
The driving experience is also different from the gasoline car. The Volvo C30 BEV electricity does not have gears and motor power is channeled smoothly, with full power available immediately. “Sailing with almost no sound is a very special experience. Its power is there instantly. We need to spend a lot of time verifying a transmission system that is comfortable and safe for the driver to handle and at the same time using the battery optimally at different speeds. , “said Lennart Stegland.
Electric motors use about a quarter of the energy as much as machines that use fossil fuels. This superior energy efficiency shows that interest in electric cars will increase as fuel prices rise and demand for low CO2 emissions becomes increasingly stringent.
The Volvo C30 displayed in Detroit is powered by Lithium-Ion batteries that can be recharged through ordinary household electrical sockets or special roadside filling stations. Charging the battery completely takes about eight hours. If a car is refilled with renewable electricity, CO2 emissions can be almost zero in the well-to-wheel perspective.
The highest speed with a fully charged battery is around 130 km / h (81 mph). Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph takes less than 11 seconds. The distance of the car is up to 150 km (94 miles). This includes daily transportation needs of more than 90 percent of all motorists in Europe.
Electric motors are installed under the temporary hood of the battery (24 kWh) installed in the propshaft tunnel and in the space normally occupied by the fuel tank, outside the passenger compartment and away from the deformation zone.
Gallery of 2011 Volvo C30 BEV Electric Car Specs and Review
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