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Volvo Will Show New C30 EV Concept

By KBB.com Editors on August 10, 2009 5:17 PM

While details are still limited, Volvo has confirmed that it's developed a new plug-in electric show car based on its compact C30 model. Unlike the original C30-derived ReCharge pictured here, this latest EV exercise travels down a somewhat different design path. It dispenses with the ReCharge's individual wheel motors in favor of a more conventional single electric motor that drives the front wheels and draws power from an advanced Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) battery pack. One Volvo insider told us that the one-off C30 EV is expected to have range of roughly 130 miles on a single charge, although no word yet on how long it will take to replenish the battery. The first appearance for the C30 EV is likely to be at Volvo's Innovation for Life event that takes place shortly after next-month's Frankfurt Motor Show. However, there is a possibility that this new green machine also will turn up on the automaker's show stand in Germany alongside of the plug-in V70 station wagon that Volvo and its partner, the Swedish energy company, Vattenfall, are currently putting through fleet testing in preparation for launching production EV and diesel-electric versions in 2012. As for the C30 EV, Volvo execs say there are no plans to add it to the lineup at any time -- although it does represent a more cost-effective answer to the zero-emissions question than did the ReCharge.