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.
“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]