Saab and Volvo start hybrid partnership
The consortium will spend the next two years developing both a hybrid powertrain as well as an electrical charging infrastructure, and there are plans to start testing a fleet of ten plug-in vehicles before the two years is up, reports Auto Motor and Sport. Together, the two carmakers have so far committed more than $1 billion towards hybrid research and development.
Volvo’s previous ReCharge concept produces 65% lower CO2 emissions than the equivalent petrol-only model, and over short distances the car produces no emissions at all. Saab’s 9-X BioHybrid also had an extremely low CO2 rating but its hybrid system was developed by GM.