"The reason for choosing Enerdel was basically that we are really confident in the chemistry," said Lennart Stegland, Director of Volvo Cars Special Vehicles.
Enerdel -- off 82nd Street and Hague Road and at other Indiana locations -- is already working with the military and the Think Car Company on electric vehicle technology. Now comes Volvo and 1400 new jobs at its third location to be opened in Hancock County.
Even though Governor Mitch Daniels is a self-professed lover of noisy, piston driven engines, the new electric technology has moved him.
"But I have to tell you I've become converted in every way to become an enthusiast about electric vehicles," said Daniels.
Engineers say 100 miles per gallon in an electric vehicle you plug in at home is a reality now. This month at the Detroit Auto Show several manufacturers proved it, but it is the mass production and mass appeal that is still a work in progress.
"We're going to actually have production starting we think in Europe late 1st quarter or early 2nd quarter this year and we believe we'll be on some Volvo vehicles toward the end of the year," said Rick Stanley, president of Enerdel.
The chairman and CEO of Enerdel's parent company said Thursday that Indiana is now the Silicon Valley of the auto industry.