In July we informed you of Volvo's plans to collaborate with lithium-ion battery maker, Ener1, to test plug-in hybrid versions of the V70 wagon. Today, the New York Times is reporting that the V70s may not be the only EV on Volvo's drawing board.
According to a source who spoke on condition of anonymity, the Swedish automaker is also planning an electric version of their C30 hatchback. The source believes that Volvo's combined production of the fully electric C30 and the plug-in hybrid V70 will start somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 units.
Volvo's relationship with Ener1 could make the electric C30 a reality sooner rather than later. According to Ener1 spokesperson, Rachel Carroll, the two companies have worked together for three years and Ener1 hopes to be chosen as the supplier for the production version of the plug-in hybrid, which is expected to bow in 2012.
Volvo has not yet responded to our inquiries about the electric C30, but we'll advise you if and when more information becomes available.
Source: New York Times