Volvo Evolves Environmentally With The C30 Electric

If Detroit won’t change, change may come to Detroit–in January of 2010, specifically, for the 2010 North American International Auto Show, where Volvo is planning to unveil their next generation battery-electric C30.  

According to Volvo, the top speed of the current prototype (with a fully charged battery pack) is about 81 mph, accelerating from 0 to 60 in less than 11 seconds.  The car covers around 94 miles between charges, which ( the Swedish automaker notes) is currently enough to cover the daily transportation needs of 90% of Europe. The Swedish Energy Agency is contributing $20.7 million to the project.

image via Edmunds

image via Edmunds

“The next step forward is to build a test fleet of at least 50 electric Volvo C30s, which will be used in real-life traffic from 2011,” said Lennart Stegland, director of Volvo Cars Special Vehicles, in a statement. Selected users will drive the test fleet during a two-year trial period in order to provide Volvo with feedback in developing the C30 for the mass market.

Volvo C30 [via Edmunds]

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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