Volvo prepares new electric C30 for Detroit Auto Show |

In preparation for its exhibit at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show, Volvo has announced that it will be bringing a new version of its electric C30 model, which will be much closer to the final production car. The company has also revealed that 50 cars will be made next year, which will enter road testing at the end of 2010 or beginning of 2011.

“The first prototype helped us identify the main technological challenges, such as battery packaging and safety issues,” said Lennart Stegland, director of Volvo Cars Special Vehicles, in a statement. “We have addressed these challenges without compromising the C30’s personality. I am very happy with the result. The electric C30 in Detroit is a much more complete product.”

The new model boasts new additions like a fully working instrument panel, as well as an enhanced battery packaging solution over the older concepts. For those of you who don’t remember, the electric C30 is powered by an 82 kW electric motor, running on lithium-ion batteries, which can be recharged from a regular socket in around eight hours, and keep it running for around 150 km (93 miles).

Hopefully with Geely getting closer to purchasing the Swedish company more funding can be secured for the project and we can see this model appear on the streets much sooner.

Source: Volvo

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