VolvoParis, France – Volvo’s future lies in electric cars, the company has announced at the Paris Auto Show.

“We will set a standard in the industry,” said Volvo president and CEO Stefan Jacoby, revealing that the Volvo C30 DRIVe Electric will go into production in 2011.

Volvo also displayed the new sports wagon V60 to the public for the first time, along with the sporty R-Design versions of the S60 sedan and V60.

The Volvo C30 DRIVe Electric runs purely on electricity, with a range of 150 km on a single charge. It will go into production in early 2011 and run in test fleets in Europe, China and the U.S.

Jacoby also said that Volvo will have a plug-in hybrid in 2012, combining electric power with a diesel hybrid powertrain. “We move into the future with the aspiration to design vehicles with minimized environmental impact, as well as the ambition to produce the world’s safest cars,” he said.


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