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Volvo Plans Extended Range C30 Electric Car

Volvo C30 DRIVe Electric Concept Car would be given hydrogen fuel cell range extende

Published: 07-Nov-2010

Volvo has been planning to take its C30 DRIVe Electric concept into the next level and having a hydrogen fuel cell to develop the electric vehicle’s 94 mile range making a hybrid hydrogen electric plug in. The fuel will have another 155 miles of range, however the really interesting thing is the way Volvo had been planned for sourcing the hydrogen: from gasoline. But depending upon the promised highway to be developed Volvo they are discovering the use of an on-board reformer for the process of gasoline into hydrogen gas.

The fuel cell will also use the hydrogen gas to power electric motor during C30's 24kwh battery has been depleted increasing the vehicle’s range to double without increasing the size of the battery. Making the hydrogen from gasoline may be something like robbing from Peter to pay Paul but the main process around 85 percent efficient as per the reports from article in the Green Car Reports. By powering the electric motor with the hydrogen there are two efficiency from gasoline powering the internal combustion engine losing a lot of energy in the heat.

It will also solve many problems of the hydrogen transportation infrastructure which is lagging behind the vehicle technology. The hydrogen is made on an as-needed basis that could minimize the storage problems presented by hydrogen vehicles and it will slowly leak gas over time, it cannot be stored in the garage or other enclosed spaces for the safety reasons.

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