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Swedish automaker Volvo has teamed up with German engineering conglomerate Siemens to jointly advance the development of electric vehicles through an extensive strategic cooperation that will focus on electrical drive technology, electronics and vehicle charging units.

The first of Volvo’s vehicles to be fitted with a Siemens electric drive motor will hit test tracks by the end of 2011. In late 2012, the Swedish automaker will deliver up to 200 vehicles to Siemens to be evaluated under real-world conditions. Volvo says it will use the all-electric C30 DRIVe in both validations.

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