Friday, 2 September 2011

Volvo and Siemens plan partnership to build electric vehicles

Volvo, the Swedish carmaker owned by China’s Geely, has formed a partnership with Siemens, the German engineering group, to develop electric cars and the equipment needed to run them.

Siemens and Volvo said on Wednesday they would work together on joint development of electric motors, inverters, and charging elements for electric cars, as well as charging infrastructure and software to manage the cars’ motors.
Siemens, Europe’s largest engineering company, will develop electric motors and charging systems with Gothenburg, Sweden- based Volvo. Siemens will try out as many as 200 Volvo electric cars under real-life conditions by late 2012 following test- track studies in coming months, the manufacturers said in separate statements.
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“We are very happy to have Siemens as a partner,” said President and CEO of Volvo, Stephan Jacoby. “We are moving ahead quickly in this area and our aim is to be first with the latest electrification technology.”
Siegfried Russwurm, chief executive of Siemens’ industry sector, said that his company was in “different stages” of talks with several other carmakers about similar collaborations, adding that Volvo was the first to go public with it. “We see this as a significant business opportunity for Siemens, so we will put significant money into it,” Mr Russwurm said.

The electric motors developed by Siemens produce a maximum output of 145HP (108 Kw) and 220 Nm (162.3 lb/ft) of torque. At the end of this year, the first prototypes fitted with Siemens electric motors will begin testing and in late 2012 Volvo will deliver up to 200 cars to its partner’s company fleet in order to be tested and evaluated in real-life conditions.

Volvo plans to begin limited production of the C30 Electric later this year. It will be followed by the Plug-in Hybrid V60 in 2012.

General Motors and South Korea’s LG Group announced a similar agreement last week. LG already supplies battery cells for GM’s two existing extended-range hybrids, the Chevrolet Volt and its European cousin, the Opel Ampera.


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