Volvo C30 E and V60 PHEV
The C30E has been thoroughly tested the model in several different stages. At a component lever, then for the whole systems and finally the complete car, first virtually on the computer and later in Volvo’s advanced crash-test center. The new model has also been tested under cold conditions at the Kiruna proving ground in the north of Sweden, with temperatures as low as -20° Celsius, to ensure the functioning of the lithium-ion battery pack.
Driving the C30 E at the fast track at Tempelhof was inspiring. The car gives a more solid feel than the standard model. With a battery pack of 660 lbs stored under the center console and beneath the luggage department, the weight distribution is considerably better.
The 111 hp strong electric motor delivers162 lb-ft of torque, good for propelling the C30 E in 4.5 seconds from zero to 31 mph..The top speed is 130 km/h “This is more important than the acceleration time from 0-60,” according to Mr. Olevic, “because you don’t do that often.” The C30 E reaches a top speed of 80 mph and its range is published at 102 miles. But Mr. Olevic volunteered that a range of 80 to 85 miles is more realistic.
Charging the 24 kW battery pack can be done via a standard 230 volt socket and takes 10 hours. Loading with 16 Amps instead of 10 Amps brings the charging time down to 7 hours.
Plug-in hybrid will arrive late 2012
In 2013, Volvo will also introduce the plug-in hybrid model of the V60. The station wagon gets a 215 hp 5 cylinder diesel engine, that drives the front wheels, as well as a 70 hp electric engine on the rear axle, good for a combined torque of 600 Nm, or 443 lb-ft. Apart from excellent safety and economical fuel consumption, the V60 hybrid will be able to pull trailers and provide excellent driving dynamics.
In 2006-2007, Volvo had initiated a hybrid project and decided to stick to the plan, even though the financial crisis meant a set back. In the meantime, better hybrid technology became available, which could be used in the new V60. The project is being developed in cooperation with energy supplier Vattenfall.
“We started with an electric rear axle and then combined it with the 1.9-liter engine. Its acceleration time was quick as well with 6.9 seconds from 0-62 mph. It was accomplished in the European cycle for hybrids, which means that up till 31 mph the car may only use the electric motor and the battery has to be fully loaded.”1 2 3
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