Volvo announced another vehicle from their ECO-range – C30 DRIVe Electric, which will be delivered to testers later this year.

The technical specifications only mention that the car is powered by electric motor supplied by a lithium-ion battery pack. The acceleration from 0 to 100km/h takes 10.5 seconds and the top speed is 130 km/h (81mph).

The range will be 150km (93miles), so it will be enough for most European commuters, who travel less than that per day. More importantly, operating costs are expected to be €3 per 100 km (62 miles).

The fleet will be 250 units and Volvo's director of the Special Vehicles division, Lennart Stegland, comments:

"We have had a very positive response from the market so far. If the demand continues to be high, we will of course expand our production series."

"By 2020 about 5-10 percent of cars in Sweden are expected to be electric. By 2020-2025 we believe that electric cars will account for 3-10 percent of the market share in the EU countries. Different markets have different preconditions," added mr. Stegland.

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