The electric version of the Volvo C30 has been tested at temperatures below -20 ° C like any other Volvo (Nordic market requirements ...).
Specific test methods have been developed, in total more than 200 different tests were performed.
Three temperature control systems are installed in the car, one for hot and cold air for passengers, one to warm or cool the battery pack, and finally, the electric motor and electronic components are cooled by water.
"We must ensure that the C30 Electric performs as intended when driving, parking and charging in a variety of conditions, from normal to very cold or hot. Northern Sweden is the perfect place to do sub-zero temperature testing," says Lennart Stegland, director of Volvo Cars' Special Vehicles.
To preserve a maximum range, the C30 uses a bio-ethanol heater fed by a 14.5l tank.
But according to the settings of the vehicle it is also possible to heat the vehicle from the batteries.
What the press release does not report and has been reported by sites such as AllCarsElectric is that a this temperature the range drops to 80km