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.