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  • Volvo C30 Electric

    Would you pay more than two grand a month to drive an electric Volvo? Apparently, the automaker thinks that there are at least a few people or businesses that will. Volvo Cars Special Vehicles president Lennart Stegland said that Volvo plans to offer the C30 Electric for lease—at a price of 1,500 euros (more than $2,100) per month. While pricing hasn't yet been finalized, the executive provided the figure at an event near Indianapolis, where EnerDel will assemble the C30 Electric's battery pack. This past November, our John Voelcker spent 20 minutes behind the wheel of what was then...

  • Volvo C30 electric car after crash testing. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
    Electric Car Crashes? Just As Safe As Any Other Volvo

    Despite thousands of automotive gasoline fires in the U.S. every year, we've pretty much normalized the risks of the highly explosive liquid that we use to fuel our cars. But for electric cars, there's a whole new set of potential fears. One may be driving through water--it's not like tossing a...

  • Volvo C30 DRIVe Electric car, 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show
    2010 LA Auto Show: Volvo C30 DRIVe Electric First Drive Report

    One of the great things about auto shows is the chance for journalists to drive prototype cars, especially at the Los Angeles Auto Show, known for its green-car test drives. We got a chance to spend 20 minutes behind the wheel of the Volvo C30 DRIVe Electric car, with Volvo's Lennart Stegland in...

  • 2010 Paris Auto Show: Volvo C30 DRIVe Electric
    Volvo Turns Gasoline To Hydrogen To Make Electric Cars More Efficient

    Internal-combustion engines typically convert only one-third of the energy stored in gasoline or diesel fuel into usable power. The rest is wasted as heat, noise, or even goes unburnt. So the question for designers of range-extended electric vehicles becomes: How can onboard liquid fuel most...

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