Volvo partners up with Siemens to produce a line of EV's.
Volvo has partnered with Siemens to work on an electric car, since The Swedish automaker has shown interest with several concepts and prototypes in the past. Volvo has taken quite a bit of initiative in developing this technology, but there is a lot of work to do, and help couldn't hurt. The primary focus of the partnership will be the joint development of electrical drive technology, charging technology and power electronics for the Volvo C30 Electric and other EV's in that line.
Testing could begin by the end of the year and by late 2012. Volvo will produce a test series of around 200 vehicles for Siemens that will then be tested and validated under real-life conditions as part of the electronics giant's internal test fleet. The first prototype drivetrains will produce an output of 144hp and 162lb-ft of torque, however, more powerful units are in the works. Volvo will begin small-scale production of its C30 Electric this year, and start selling a V60 Plug-in Hybrid next year. The plug-in has been confirmed for sale in the States.