Report: Volvo C30 Electric will not come to the U.S. for now

Even though the Volvo C30 BEV was introduced on American soil at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, it will not be offered in the United States… at least for now.

When Volvo kicked-off development of the C30 BEV, it decided that the batteries would not have to be capable of quick charging in three hours or less. The technologies required the Volvo C30 BEV to be charged for six to eight hours overnight, using standard household current.

What does that have to do with it not coming to the U.S.? Well, because of market realities and restrictions. Volvo plans to market the C30 only in Europe for now, and the European Union has yet to agree on quick-charging standards.

“For the time being, the volume is all for Europe,” Lennart Stegland, president of Volvo’s Special Vehicles unit, told reporters at a media event.

Are you upset? Yeah, we’re not that saddened by it either.

Refresher: Power for the Volvo C30 Electric Drive comes from a 82kW (111-hp) electric-motor. 0 to 62 mph comes in 10.5 seconds with a total range of 93 miles on an 8 hour charge.

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– By: Omar Rana

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