As the Shanghai International Automotive City Group (SIAC) marked the first anniversary of its EV Campaign, Volvo delivered 15 C30 electric cars to the city for a test drive project called EV100 Days. Selected members of the public will drive the C30s for three months, as Volvo collects data about the new model’s performance on Chinese roads, and about the driving habits of Chinese consumers. The company will use the knowledge to guide future product development.
Volvo’s Chairman of China Operations Freeman Shen said, “we feel honor yet responsibility to share our world-class know-how in new energy vehicles with China, our second home market, in joint efforts from regulators, suppliers and customers. We’re confident to take a prominent role in China’s safe and sustainable electrification development, making cars for a better life.”
The C30 electric appeared as a prototype in 2009, field testing began in Sweden in late 2010, and limited production began in June 2011. Volvo estimates its top speed at 81 mph and its range at up to 93 miles.