Paris motor show: Volvo C30 DRIVe will go into production in 2011

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Volvo's C30 DRIVe electric car will go into production in 2011, the Swedish manufacturer has announced at the Paris motor show.

In a press conference today CEO of Volvo Cars, Stefan Jacoby, said that the future for Volvo lies in electric cars: "We will set a standard in the industry."

Paris Motor Show 2010: Live launches

Paris Motor Show 2010: Live launches


Volvo is keen to take back the ground that other manufacturers such as Renault and Toyota have made with EVs and plug-in hybrids.

The C30 DRIVe Electric will go into production in early 2011 and run in test fleets in Europe, China and the US.

Volvo also announced it will have a plug-in hybrid on offer in 2012, combining an electric power with a diesel hybrid power train.

Volvo claims its plug-in hybrid will have ultra low CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km CO2.

The Paris motor show is the first major show for Stefan Jacoby since he took up his new position on 16 August.