Volvo and SAIC team on electric drivelines

  • 25-Apr-2011 12:17 EDT

Buses made by Sunwin, an existing JV between Volvo Buses and SAIC Motors, were used extensively at the 2010 World Expo in China.

Volvo Buses and SAIC Motors of China plan to form a Shanghai-based joint venture for engineering and production of advanced drivelines to be used in hybrid and electric buses. Volvo Buses will invest 40 million RMB and SAIC 60 million RMB in the new company, Shanghai Green Bus Drive System Co. Pending government approvals, it will build a plant/offices facility expected to be fully operational in the fourth quarter of 2011. The company will concentrate on assembling and testing new-energy driveline systems as well as on vehicle matching and prototype manufacturing. The drivelines will be deployed in buses made by the mother companies. For the past 10 years, Volvo Buses and SAIC have operated a joint venture called Sunwin Bus, one of the largest city bus manufacturers in China.

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