Thomas Alva Would be Proud of Volvo's New Compact Platform

Many years ago, not so far from our dealership, the Wizard of Menlo Park was experimenting with electricity. Among Thomas Edison's inventions was a battery for an electric car, which he believed would be the fuel of the future, rather than gasoline.

Today, Volvo Cars of Edison is helping keep that vision alive. The new Volvo XC90 Hybrid is just the beginning of Volvo's plans for an electrified future.

In May, the Swedish automaker unveiled two compact 40 Series concepts -- the first models built on Compact Modular Architecture (CMA).

CMA is specifically designed for small cars, and right off the line is made to accommodate hybrid and battery-electric powertrains. Thus far, Volvo has been discreet about their plans for the production versions of the 40.1 and 40.2 concepts (including whether they will be sold in U.S. markets). However, Volvo was clear that it will be producing a pure electric model on its CMA platform.

"The new 40 series cars have the potential to improve our market penetration in an important growing segment," said Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo president and CEO. "An electric powertrain program including both a new compact Twin Engine plug-in hybrid as well as a pure electric car are central to the CMA architecture."

Production is expected to begin in 2017. Contact Volvo Cars of Edison for more details about the 40 series as information becomes available, ask about currently-available hybrid options, or check out our blog for more about Volvo's electrification plans.

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