The Base Machine is equipped with diesel or gasoline units. Powering the vehicle was a compact 1.6l engine that generates 100hp or a T5 turbocharged 2.5 liter engine capable to generate 230hp. This model was offered with transmission choices: six speed manual, five speeds automatic or a six-speed Powershift dual-clutch unit. The 1.6l diesel engine featured stop or start technology and is the most fuel efficient model which returns a fuel economy of 60mpg. Engine generates 180 Bhp and 400 Nm of torque and it gets a sprint from a standstill to 100km/h in 7.6 seconds. The other features include a newly designed grille, new air intakes similar to those found on the XC60 crossover and a larger Volvo badge, but the CO2 emission at 200g.
Though C30 Electric Vehicle has considerable changes and updates over the diesel version. However, there are some facts that remain the same. First of all the power remains the same in Electric Vehicle and Diesel versions, but the performance is little affected as the diesel version runs from 0-60mph in 6.5sec and Electric Vehicle in 10.5 seconds. The increased sprint time owes to extra weight of 280kg for battery pack, but there is a great edge over the diesel version as the 200g of emission has been reduced to zero. On the other, the Electric Vehicle version features four doors instead of three in the diesel model. Six-speed manual transmission, five-speed automatic or a six-speed Powershift dual-clutch unit of the diesel hatchback is replaced by a nicer version that has no gears and the motor’s power is delivered seamlessly, with full power available immediately. Volvo is pledging the car will be making an appearance as a 2012 model.
Volvo has ensured that doesn’t lose its sheen and performance in the electric vehicle version and is as safe as the diesel version was.