German industrial group Siemens and Swedish carmaker Volvo have formed
a partnership to develop technology for electric cars and ancillary equipment. The two companies said yesterday that an electric version of Volvo’s small <a href="http://www.volvocars.com/uk/all-cars/volvo-c30/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">C30</a> hatchback will serve as a test platform and will be on test tracks by the end of the year. Volvo will deliver up to 200 vehicles to Siemens for further testing by the end of 2012, the companies said in a statement. Volvo, bought last year by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group from Ford, aims to double its 2010 production within ten years.