Göteborg, Sweden – Volvo Cars has signed an agreement with Swedish energy company Göteborg Energi, under which Volvo will provide ten Volvo C30 Electric cars starting this fall.

The Volvo C30 Electric project has attracted considerable international attention and potential overseas customers, but the first confirmed user is Swedish.

The cars in the demonstration fleet are equipped with advanced measuring instruments, allowing the company to obtain information about how parameters such as driving habits and charging patterns affect the battery and its lifetime. The car can go for up to 150 km on a single battery charge, further than the distance 90 per cent of European commuters cover each day.

The car is powered by a lithium-ion battery that takes about eight hours to recharge when it is completely empty. The C30 Electric has a top speed of about 130 km/h and accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 10.5 seconds. The project currently has about 250 vehicles.

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