Volvo showed off its brand new electric car at the Central Indiana plant that produces its battery Thursday. The Volvo C-30 was on display Thursday at Ener1's Hancock County plant in Greenfield.
"I think the best thing about this car is that you are running around in a safe, real car without compromises emitting zero CO2, that is a good feeling,” Lennart Stegland said.
The facility manufactures the lithium-ion batteries which power the C-30. It's the first plug-in electric car built on a model originally designed for an internal combustion engine.
"Before people who wanted to have a car that was green always felt maybe they had to have a smaller car or a less comfortable car from a heating and air conditioning perspective this is a full-on luxury car,” Tom Goesch said.
You can re-charge the car's battery in about 24 hours. Ener1 believes the battery will last up to ten years or about 3,000 charges.
“You will end up around 75 to 80 miles per gallon, with your air conditioning on, your Bruce Springsteen on and having good life,” Stegland said.
Volvo will be launching a test fleet of these vehicles in the U.S. early next year.