Feeds

Volvo: C30 e-car coming as fleet not one-off prototype

Govt cash fuels expansion plan

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Leccy Tech When Volvo first unveiled its C30 Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) back in September 2009, it stressed that the handful of cars produced would be one-off prototypes.

That's now officially no longer the case, as the Swedish car maker has announced it is building a fleet of 50 of the things for serious evaluation.

https://edit.theregister.co.uk/cgi-bin/dispatcher.cgi/StorySubmit?story=new"Volvo

Volvo's C30 BEV:

Like the rather more exciting leccy Saab 9-3, the C30 BEV fleet will be supported by a grant from the Swedish Energy Agency, this time to the tune of some 150m Kroner (£12.8m/€14.4m/$20.9m).

Volvo has also released further technical details of the car.

Volvo BEV C30

Plug'n'play

Power comes from a 24kWh li-ion battery pack weighing 280kg connected to an 82kW (110bhp) electric motor. Volvo say that combination will get the C30 to 60mph in 10.5 seconds and keep it going for around 150km - or 90m. The top speed is a gnat's over 80mph.

Unlike the prototypes, the fleet cars will feature an e-car optimised dashboard and have a pop-up display to show details of power usage and charge status.

Volvo BEV C30

Monitor power usage with the pop-up display

The C30 BEV test fleet will take to the roads in early 2011 to start a two-year evaluation programme. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less
'Some might find this idea offensive' boffin admits
LOHAN crash lands on CNN
Overflies Die Welt en route to lively US news vid
Comet Siding Spring revealed as flying molehill
Hiding from this space pimple isn't going to do humanity's reputation any good
Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box
Phytosanitary treatment renders Vulture 2 crate fit for export
No sail: NASA spikes Sunjammer
'Solar sail' demonstrator project binned
Carry On Cosmonaut: Willful Child is a poor taste Star Trek parody
Cringeworthy, crude and crass jokes abound in Steven Erikson’s sci-fi debut
Origins of SEXUAL INTERCOURSE fished out of SCOTTISH LAKE
Fossil find proves it first happened 385 million years ago
Human spacecraft dodge COMET CHUNKS pelting off Mars
Odyssey orbiter yet to report, though - comet's trailing trash poses new threat
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.