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Second-generation Volvo C30 Electric proves practical: AC trumps DC |

Let’s face it: electric cars can’t refuel from empty to full quite as quickly as petrol ones. But because most electric cars on sale today can easily drive between 60 and 80 miles on a full charge -and recharge at night when you’re asleep- it’s not usually a problem.
While overnight charging constitutes most of your EV’s charging however, there are occasions when you need to top up during the day. With DC rapid charging now at various motorway service stations across the UK, you’d be forgiven for thinking that sub-30 minute refuelling is the answer.
But as I discovered this week, availability and practicality sometimes trump speed.
Sensible Swedes
It’s Wednesday morning, and I’m sitting in a briefing room at Volvo headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden. I, and three other journalists, are being given a quick technical rundown by Volvo engineers on the second generation C30 electric hatchback.

Started back in 2009, Volvo’s all-electric C30 test fleet have covered hundreds of thousands of miles across Europe, providing many of Volvo’s business lease customers their first experience with an electric car. Being Swedish, the first generation C30 electric prototypes were also hardy, capable of operating in bitter Arctic weather without batting an electrical eyelid.
Building on the successes of the first-generation prototypes, the 100-strong fleet of second generation Volvo C30 Electrics will have a slightly more powerful motor and power electronics from German electronics firm Siemens, but retain the same battery pack, design elements and winter-ready kit as their predecessors.


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