L.A. Auto Show: Volvo C30 goes electric
The two-door four-seater is capable of traveling up to 100 miles on a charge and reaching a top speed of 81 miles per hour. The cells of its 24-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery unit are made in the U.S. by the Indiana firm EnerDel. The permanent magnet motor is rated at 84 kilowatts and can propel the car from 0 to 61 miles per hour in 10.5 seconds.
As a safety measure, the drive unit is located in rigid areas least prone to be impacted in a crash -- in a reinforced tunnel along the car's center and between its rear wheels.
Production of a test fleet begins in the second quarter of 2011. The price of the C30 electric hasn't been set, but some test cars will available in the U.S. late next year.
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