Volvo's C30 will be solely battery operated

Volvo Cars is working on a new C30 Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)

The Swedish automobile company claims the BEV will be powered solely by electricity, works entirely without exhaust emissions and has a range of 150 kilometres. The maximum speed of C30 BEV is 130 km per hour.

The C30 is likely to debut next week at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. It will be launched in Sweden and Europe initially.

The BEV is powered with a Lithium-Ion battery that can be charged using a regular domestic power socket. It takes eight hours to recharge the battery. BEVs need a larger battery with a higher capacity (24 kWh) than a plug-in hybrid (12 kWh).