Volvo and Siemens announced today a partnership to co-develop a new EV based on the C30. The Swedish manufacturer is currently retrofitting its C30′s with Siemens electric motors, and test mules will begin lapping test tracks by the end of the year—a surprisingly quick turnaround for such a late start.
“We are very happy to have Siemens as a partner. Their world-leading knowledge and experience will bring the technology in our electric cars up to an entirely new level,” says Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation. “We are moving ahead quickly in this area. Our aim is to be first with the latest technology within electrification. The partnership reinforces our aim to pursue the fast-growing market for electric cars.”
By this time next year, Volvo hopes to deliver about 200 vehicles to Siemens for real-world tests. No word yet on battery size and range, but the Siemens electric motors make about 145-hp. Volvo also said that it is briskly moving toward series production, and that it hopes to sell a plug-in hybrid version of its premium V60 sometime next year.
“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,” says Siegfried Russwurm, Siemens Board member and CEO of the Siemens Industry Sector.