Volvo has shown off two new concept cars, the Volvo 40.1 and Volvo 40.2 and the new range will offer a plugin electric hybrid engine option and also an all electric battery powered option.
These new Volvo 40 cars are just concepts at the moment, although the technology is expected to be used in future Volvo cars.
“By taking a modular approach to both vehicle architecture and powertrain development, we have succeeded in leap-frogging many of the players in the premium segment,” said Dr Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President, Research & Development. “Our new battery electric powertrain variant opens yet another exciting chapter in the unfolding Volvo story.”
“The new 40 series cars have the potential to improve our market penetration in an important growing segment,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars. “An electric powertrain program, including both a new compact Twin Engine plug-in hybrid as well as a pure electric car, are central to the CMA architecture.” He added that the first new 40 series car is expected to go into production in 2017.
You can find out more details about the new Volvo 40 concepts over at the company’s website at the link below.