The company car Volvo C30
Volvo Cars continued experimenting. In 2001, the ISG solution was announced as an integrated started generator that charged a 42-Volt battery and began the evolution for today’s hybrids. The smaller series of fully electric Volvo C30s were developed in 2011, and charged from a wall socket, and had a range of up to 150 kilometres.
“Volvo C30 Electric demonstrates that we had a clear electrification strategy over ten years ago,” says Hans. “The cars were gaining interest, but we were still a bit early. The general debate was about environmentally friendly gasoline and ethanol cars, diesel engines with low carbon dioxide emissions, and sparingly trimmed gasoline engines.”
Hans continues, “Everyone who's driven a C30 Electric knows what a good car it is. Simple, fast, and with practical solutions to heat the interior. C30 Electric was so famous that we developed another series a few years later. Even today, these cars are standard on the staff parking at Volvo Torslanda.”
Electric cars as part of the solution
The project began after the UN’s Environmental Protection Conference in 1972, which is where the Volvo Cars Manager at the time, Pehr G Gyllenhammar, produced the famous words: “As a car manufacturer we are part of the problem, and therefore we must be part of the solution.”
“Who doesn't want a small, sleek electric-powered city car these days?” continues Hans. “Today, car buyers everywhere like a vehicle that is manufactured and charged sustainably. In other words, the time has come for Elbil 1976. Volvo Cars’ view on the sustainable production of safe cars that always put people first has never been more relevant.
That is why it has never been as exciting as today to work with the history — and the future — of Volvo Cars.”