ENER1 & Volvo Team-Up To Provide Lithium-Ion Power For New C30 Battery Electric VehicleSeptember 17, 2009 by Jeff Shepard
ENER1, Inc. is teaming-up with Volvo Car Corp. to provide American-made lithium-ion batteries for the Volvo C30 Battery Electric Vehicle prototype. The battery is designed and developed in the U.S. by EnerDel, Inc., Ener1’s U.S. battery subsidiary. This follows the recently announced collaboration with Volvo on the plug-in hybrid V70 demonstration vehicles being road tested in Europe this fall, which also feature EnerDel lithium-ion batteries.
The C30 Battery Electric Vehicle is part of Volvo’s DRIVe Towards Zero Strategy and is a mobile test bed proving that through intelligent packaging and technology, a pure electric vehicle can be great to drive while not compromising on factors such as luggage space and interior comfort.
It is designed as a zero emission, city commuter car covering the day-to-day mobility needs of more than 90% of European commuters. The 150km (95 mile) range and packaging efficiency of the vehicle is derived in a large part from the highly efficient lithium-ion battery, designed and manufactured by EnerDel, who is said to produce some of the highest energy density battery cells in the world. The EnerDel battery for the C30 battery electric vehicle (BEV) is custom made and is a ’split battery’, with an energy content of over 24 kWh nominal energy, of which 22.7 kWh is used to power the car.
"We are delighted to be partnering with Volvo again on this exciting development project which aims to test the technical solutions of a full Volvo battery electric vehicle, in the highly desirable Volvo C30," said Ulrik Grape, President, Ener1 Europe. "We are developing a close working relationship with Volvo and are collaborating intimately on integration of the battery and safety in these advanced vehicle concepts."