volvo c30 electric

The lovely – though far too pricey for our tastesVolvo C30 Electric DRIVe will get its motivation from Brusa Elektronik AG-supplied electric motors. Based in Germany, Brusa says its drivetrain systems will power at least 250 – possibly more based upon demand – C30 Electrics.

So, with Brusa being Volvo's selected supplier, let's take a detailed dive into the C30's electric drivetrain. The Brusa electric motor delivers up to 162 pound-feet of torque, leading to a four-second 0 to 31-mile-per-hour dash and an 11-second 0 to 62-mph time. Top speed for the C30 DRIVe checks in 81 mph and the Brusa-supplied, on-board 3.7-kW battery charger means that the C30 can refuel in ten hours or less. The electric Volvo's 24-kWH battery pack delivers a certified range of 101 miles; that's according to the New European Driving Cycle, but Volvo estimates the C30's real-world range to be around 93 miles.

The Volvo C30 Electric is currently being built on a regular assembly line in Belgium and then gets transported to Sweden for installation of its electric motor, battery pack and other model-specific components. Volvo's electric hatchback will soon be delivered to lessees in Europe, China and the U.S.
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BRUSA supplies complete electric drivetrain for at least 250 Volvo C30 Electric

· BRUSA produces drivetrain components close to series production conditions

BRUSA Elektronik AG continues to move forward strengthening its position as a system provider for highly efficient electric cars in the ever demanding automotive field.

As a part of the Volvo Car Corporation's highly ambitious electrification strategy for the forthcoming years, a fleet of approximately 250 Volvo C30 Electric cars will be built, possibly more based upon market interest. The Swedish car manufacturer is relying on the expertise of BRUSA, placing an order for more than 250 drivetrain systems to power the C30 Electric.

The Volvo C30 Electric is built on the regular assembly line in the Ghent factory and then transported to Gothenburg for installation of the motor, batteries and other model-specific electronics. Volvo's electric car will be manufactured and delivered to leasing customers throughout Europe, including Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands and Norway with first deliveries commencing late 2011.

The electric motor from BRUSA that will power the C30 Electric, delivers an instant torque of 220 Nm leading to an acceleration from 0 to 50 km/h in 4 seconds and to 100 km/h in under 11 seconds. The car has a top speed of 130 kilometres per hour. BRUSA not only provides the hybrid-synchronous motor, but also supplies all other drivetrain components such as the motor controller and battery charger. The 3.7 kW battery charger charges the battery at any households 230 Volts power outlet in six to eight hours (at 16 Amp) or ten hours (at 10 Amp). The 24 kWh battery pack delivers a certified range according to the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) of 163 km. However, Volvo Cars specifies up to 150 kilometres as the car's practical range.

As with all other cars from Volvo, passenger safety was an important issue in the development process of the C30 Electric. In various crash tests, Volvo verified that the C30 Electric is as safe as any other Volvo car with a combustion engine. This high level of safety is achieved due to the fact that one of the batteries is installed where the fuel tank is normally located and the other is housed in a special compartment in the car's central tunnel. In addition, the cutting-edge safety features of the BRUSA power electronics are specially designed to prevent malfunctions at any time.

The Volvo C30 Electric will be displayed during the Frankfurt Motor Show IAA from the 15.-25. of September 2011 in hall 9, stand B12.