31.8.2011 Volvo electrics to use Siemens technology
Siemens have joined forces with Volvo and intend to advance the technical development of electric cars through extensive strategic cooperation.
In terms of electric vehicles, Volvo will start small-scale production of the Volvo C30 Electric later this year, and the company will start selling the V60 Plug-in Hybrid next year.
The focus of the partnership will be on the development of electrical drive technology, power electronics and charging technology as well as the integration of those systems into Volvo C30 Electric vehicles.
The first electric cars of this model fitted with Siemens electric motors will be on the test tracks as early as the end of this year. Beginning in 2012, the Swedish manufacturer will deliver a test series of up to 200 vehicles to Siemens, which will then be tested and validated under real-life conditions as part of a Siemens internal test fleet.
The partnership gives Siemens the chance to extend its industrial leadership in electric drive technology into the automotive market together with a renowned vehicle manufacturer. Volvo will rely upon proven and efficient Siemens technology for the electrification of their future vehicles.
President and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation, Stefan Jacoby said, "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. 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."
Electric powertrain, battery management and charging technology are regarded as key technologies in the development and production of electric cars. Siemens electric motors developed for Volvo have a peak power output of 108 kilowatts with a maximum torque of 220 Nm. The inverter design will be jointly optimised to meet all safety requirements in an automotive application. In addition, Siemens will provide highly efficient and fast on-board and off-board charging systems.
Volvo is confident that their research and development will move quickly, and they intend to begin limited production of the Volvo C30 Electric before the end of this year, whilst V60 Plug-in Hybrid sales will start early in 2012.
"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," concludes Stefan Jacoby.
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