SHANGHAI – Volvo Cars will build its first fully electric car in China ahead of elsewhere in the world, the company announced at its press conference at Auto Shanghai 2017 on April 19.
The all new model will be based on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) for smaller cars, and will be available for sale in 2019 and exported globally from China.
“Volvo Cars fully supports the Chinese government’s call for cleaner air as outlined in the latest five-year plan. It is fully in-line with our own core values of environmental care, quality and safety,” said Håkan Samuelsson, CEO of Volvo Cars, at a press conference. “We believe that electrification is the answer to sustainable mobility.”
The decision to make its first electric car in China highlights the central role China will play in Volvo’s electrified future and underlines China’s growing sophistication as a manufacturing center for the global auto industry, the company said in a statement.
Volvo Cars has a commitment to sell a total of 1 million electrified cars – including fully electric cars and hybrids – by 2025. It is also developing a fully electric car on its Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). The Swedish company also plans to offer plug-in hybrid versions of every model.
The fully electric car will likely be produced at Volvo’s Luqiao, Zhejiang Province manufacturing facility (currently under construction), where the CMA-based 40 series cars will be produced as well. The other two facilities – Daqing and Chengdu – currently make the 90 series (S90L) and 60 series (XC60 and S60L).