Volvo Cars’ vow to go all-in on electrification wowed the business and should have fueled different manufacturers to step up their very own schedules.
The Swedish automaker intends to go all-electric by 2030 globally and can embrace an bold product rollout to get there. It will launch seven new and redesigned electrified fashions over the subsequent few years, together with 5 battery-electric autos and two plug-in hybrids, the automaker advised its sellers this 12 months. The new autos will start arriving as early as subsequent 12 months.
The firm is experimenting with a digital-first gross sales technique to promote these battery-powered fashions.
Its future EVs sport a contemporary interpretation of Volvo’s signature “Thor’s Hammer” lighting design. The battery pack within the next-generation EVs will sit beneath the flat ground, letting designers prolong the wheelbase and create extra inside area. The design additionally allows a decrease hood and roofline for enhanced aerodynamics with out compromising visibility for occupants.
The first of the EVs will probably be a full-size crossover that gives a 3rd row and borrows styling cues from the Concept Recharge prototype. Volvo expects to promote about 20,000 items of the crossover subsequent 12 months.
Also within the pipeline are an all-electric model of the XC60 midsize crossover and a brand new EV positioned under the compact XC40.
Critical to the product plan will probably be manufacturing growth at Volvo’s U.S. manufacturing unit in Ridgeville, S.C. The 2.3 million-square-foot meeting plant would be the first manufacturing unit to construct Volvo’s new BEVs, Volvo Cars former CEO Hakan Samuelsson advised Automotive News final summer time.
He stated the South Carolina web site would be the solely Volvo plant that makes solely full-electric autos.