Volvo And Siemens Partner On EVs
The carmaker said it would be focussing on electrical drive technology, power electronics and charging technology, with the first vehicles to feature Siemens electric motors due on test tracks by the end of this year. Next year, Siemens will test a fleet of up to 200 vehicles under real-life conditions.
‘Cooperation with Volvo is an important milestone in the development of top-quality components and systems for electric cars subsequently intended for series production,’ said Siegfried Russwurm, Siemens Board member and CEO of the Siemens Industry Sector.
‘It is our long-term goal to establish Siemens as a global system provider both inside and outside of electric vehicles. We see ourselves as a comprehensive electric mobility pioneer.’
Volvo will, later this year, introduce the C30 Electric into small-scale production, with the V60 Plug-In Hybrid due to follow in 2012. The 145bhp, 162lb.ft electric motor will be tested for scalability into other models.
Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation, said: ’This means that we are moving from prototypes and small volumes towards series production, starting with the plug-in hybrid. Our upcoming new Scalable Platform Architecture paves the way for electrification throughout our model range.’