Volvo is developing a hybrid electric plug-in drive-system for its C30 hatchback, with a prototype version likely to compete in November’s Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Shanghai. Following parent company Ford’s Edge concept, a fuel cell/electric hybrid crossover unveiled at last week’s Washington motor show, Volvo now wants to show that it is keen to make sustainable mobility a design priority. The investment is certainly in place. Last summer, Volvo set up its Hybrid Development Centre in Gothenburg, and more recently, the Swedish car-maker bought shares in Chemrec AB, a company that develops technology for the large-scale production of alternative fuels. Following this announcement, Anders Brännström, President of Volvo Technology Transfer, said ‘Volvo has no intention of becoming a fuel supplier but wishes instead to continue to conduct engine development on a broad front’.The prototype C30 is expected to use a small capacity diesel engine and a generator to power four in-wheel electric motors. The batteries for those motors can be charged from the mains, and when fully charged, provide power for the car for up to 45 miles.