Volvo presented a driveable prototype electric car in September 2009. Volvo C30 BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) is now being shown at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit companies to take one further step in the development process. Both feature a full interior and full instrumentation, as well as improved battery packs.
"The first prototype to help us identify the main technological challenges, such as battery packs and safety issues. We have discussed this challenge without sacrificing cool the Volvo C30 and fun-to-drive my personality. very pleased with the results. Volvo C30 in Detroit electric BEV is a much more complete product, "said Lennart Stegland, Director Volvo Car Special Vehicles.
The next step in 2010 is a factory-built series of test cars. Selected users will drive the test fleet during a two-year trial period in order to provide Volvo Cars with valuable experience. Not just technical but also behavioural.
The Swedish Energy Agency is supporting the project by contributing SEK 150 million towards its funding.