Lennart Stegland, Volvo electronics, BEV C30

Lennart Stegland, Volvo electronics, BEV C30

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI – 2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI – Lennart Stegland is the  Director of Volvo Cars Special Vehicles.  Stegland talked to me about the viability of an entirely electric-powered car known as a BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle).

Volvo has said they will bring out a plug-in hybrid in 2012, but the C30 is Volvo’s first BEV. The Volvo C30 BEV is powered with a Litium-Ion battery that is charged with a standard electrical outlet in your home. Recharging an entirely depleted battery via the regular household power supply system (230V, 16A) will take about eight hours.

Since the car runs solely on electricity, it requires a larger battery with higher capacity (24 kWh) than in the case of the plug-in hybrid (12 kWh).

Listen as Stegland talks about the C30 BEV.

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Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.