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Volvo C 30 Electric
Torque220 Nm
Power82 kW (111 HP)
Battery22,7 kWh (only for drivetrain)
Charge processHousehold current 16 A, 8 hours
PositioningIn the center tunnel and under the rear bench seat
Range150 km (factory specification)
Range ExtenderPlanning
BrakesDiscs, rear aluminum (!)
Wheelbase2.610 mm
Length4.270 mm
Width1.780 mm
Height1.450 mm
Kerb weight1660 kg incl. driver
Maximum speed130 km/h
ManufacturedFrom 2012
Purchase price57.900 Euro


This is my first somewhat longer ride in an electric car (not a hybrid) and a very pleasant. The number of slightly more often to be operated pedals is down to one. That means one handles all with with the accelerator pedal in normal traffic. With my own car I'm used to, to select the idle more frequently and to let 'glide' the car. But then you have to bring it back on the right track from time to time.

That you do not need with this electric car. You drive exactly to the traffic light, brake through the recuperation of the system when decelerating and can even modulate this braking still very nice. With a little feeling in the accelerator foot driving will be more comfortable in the city, but also on non-straight country roads and the brake really only used for stopping.

No, on the highway, we are not driven. We had the car for an hour and do not wanted waste time. From 70 km/h to 100 km/h, the otherwise ever-present acceleration willingness somewhat diminishes. Since you can already imagine what it looks like on the highway. Yes, not too long overland routes and the city traffic the domain of current electric cars are.

We were not particularly sporty driving, and still had the feeling, the cruising range display us deducts something more than the actual route. So would have been possible with a fully tank a radius of 50 km round-trip (no charging) on this sunny day, rather less in winter. After all, this is not restricted by heating/air conditioning, because these functions are operated via a separate 15 liter tank of ethanol.

We believe Volvo has chosen the correct model for this e-drive. As an estate car coupe with still enough space, but again, not too great in the external dimensions. The trunk will fully maintained, despite batteries if the rear seats are not folded forward (see video). In the interior you notice nothing of the special drive, except the silence and the lack of switching pauses. The riding qualities are okay, too, wherein the precise steering deserves even an extra praise. Only the seats could offer a bit more lateral support. 05/12








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