|The advent of Electric Mobility has resulted in many Automotive companies accelerating their plans to develop and add electric variants to current line-ups. In developed countries, even in this part of the region, trials and customer test runs have been conducted to gauge the acceptance of electric cars.|
One such Automotive company is Volvo Car, with the C30 Electric Generation with front charging capability, jointly developed with Siemens. The Volvo and Siemens strategic partnership was forged in August 2011.
Beginning summer 2013, European leasing customers will drive and evaluate an upgraded demo fleet of 100 Volvo C30 fully electric cars. The unique technology solutions involved can be integrated throughout the electrification range, as Volvo develops the cars of the future. The new Siemens motor has a peak power output of 120 hp and a torque of 250 Nm, with an acceleration of 0 – 70 km/h in 5.9 seconds.
The new 22 kW fast-charger is the world’s first on-board charger that operates on a three-phase supply and is small enough to be fitted in an electric car. Using a three-phase outlet, a charge takes 1.5 hours (total range 164 km according to NEDC certification driving cycle). While an ordinary single-phase 230 V household outlet takes 8-10 hours, depending on the available current.
The Volvo C30 Electric Generation with front charging outlet meets the same high quality and safety standards as all other Volvo cars, including a dynamic driving experience and a comfortable climate, no matter what the temperature. The fuel cost is significantly lower than that for conventional cars, saving up to 2/3 of the cost, depending on fuel prices. Thanks to the Siemens electric propulsion power train, the future of sophisticated electrication is available for all levels, from different kinds of hybrids to pure electric drive, without intruding on interior or load space.
Lennart Stegland, Vice President Electric Propulsion Systems, Volvo Car Group, commented, “Adding the innovative fast charging solution will radically improve the time and mileage for the daily usage of the car. This will drastically improve the cost of ownership since the customer will now be able to drive many low cost kilometers per day. A quick 10-minute plug-in adds power for another 20 kilometers of driving.”
By mid-year, European leasing customers, excluding the UK, will able to do trial runs on the available 100 Volvo C30 electric cars.
Edited: Volvo Car