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Volvo’s C30 Electric Car Combines Green Technology With Saf

Volvo’s new C30 electric model emphasizes safety over performance

Electric cars, including the Better Place Renault Fluence EV, of which 100 cars were launched on Israel’s roads in January of this year; are having issues involving safety factors. This includes GM’s Chevy Volt where lithium battery packs were catching fire in side impact crash tests. But now, Volvo, the car company that for years held one of the best auto safety records in the auto industry, is now coming out with an electric car model of its own: the Volvo C30 electric.

Like many other Volvo models, the C30, which was unveiled originally at the Detroit Auto Show in 2010 is not being designed to break any speed or driving range records. It takes its electric engine over 11 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph (90 kph); and its cruising range is only around 90 miles or 150 kilometers on a full battery charge. It only has a top speed of 80 mph which is less than other electric models, especially electric sports models like the Tesla electric sports salons and roadsters. The C30 also needs 8 hours to recharge its 600 pound lithium battery pack.

But speed and cruising ranges are not the reason why this new Volvo and its sister, the Volvo 70 plug in hybrid model, are being developed. According to recent articles coming out about these cars, Volvo ” is applying the same commitment to safety—based on slow, conservative and rigorous testing and development—to its electric cars and plug-in hybrids.”


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