Volvo C30 E and V60 PHEV
BERLIN– This past May, at the Michelin Bibendum Challenge, the international event for green mobility, Volvo had its first two models available for driving. They mark the company’s first steps towards a greener future.
Two years ago, I had the opportunity to test drive a prototype of the electric C30 on the premises of the Volvo plant in Genk, Belgium. The C30 E made its world debut at the Detroit Auto Show in 2010.
In May, the Swedes shipped a close-to-production prototype to Berlin’s former Tempelhof Airport, which was the stage of the 2011 Bibendum event.
Isak Olevic, Volvo’s commercial and business manager electric vehicles, said in Berlin: “This year, we will build a total of 250 units, which will go to the Dutch, Belgian, German, French and Swedish market. North America and China will get a test fleet in a later stage.”
Last month, the electric Volvo went into production and Dutch dealers will get a total of 30 units by the end of August. They will be available for lease, but the price has not yet been published (although for the Swedish market it has been fixed at 1,500 euros (US$ 2,000+) per month).
Mr. Olevic added: “The success of the C30 Electric mainly depends on the education of the dealers. Therefore, they will be trained for two weeks in Göteburg, Sweden. This means the management, sales people and the technicians.”
In January, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Volvo showed an electric C30 that had been crash tested. For the test, the battery pack had been fully loaded and after the 40 mph offset crash (under an angle from the front), it still was untouched and fully functioning.
Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby said that several crash tests had proven the importance of storing the battery pack in an area that is isolated from the car’s crash zones. “We focus on everyday traffic conditions and this way an EV can be as safe as a conventional car. The electric C30 is even better than the standard model, which secured 5 stars in the EuroNCAP crash tests.”2 3
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