Swedish automaker Volvo is planning to lease starting this summer a revised variant of the C30 Electric to European customers. The vehicle has received a brand new Siemens electric motor capable of outputting 120 HP (89 kW) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque.
The electrified hatchback will reach 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in a respectable 10.7 seconds and is able to hit a top speed of 77 mph (125 km/h). On a single charge it can offer a range of up to 74 – 93 miles (120 – 150 km).
Another novelty for the 2013 Volvo C30 Electric represents the on-board rapid charger which is operating on a three-phase supply. Thanks to this new hardware, the car can be charged in just 1.5 hours, a lot less in comparison with the old variant which needed 8-10 hours for a complete battery charge. If the driver is in a hurry, a ten-minute charge will provide enough energy for a 12-mile (20 km) drive.