Siemens and Volvo announce plans to develop electric cars

Siemens and Volvo Car Corporation have announced that they are to develop electric cars.

The focus is on the joint development of electrical drive technology, power electronics and charging technology, as well as the integration of those systems into Volvo C 30 Electric cars.

Beginning in late 2012, the Swedish car maker will be delivering 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 Siemens electric motors for Volvo are said to be modular in design and very compact and have a peak power output of 108kW with a maximum torque of 220Nm.

The inverter design will be jointly optimised to meet all safety requirements in an automotive application. In addition, Siemens will provide on-board and off-board charging systems.