Volvo to make its first all-electric car in China as it reaps the benefit of Geely ownership
19 April 2017
Volvo will make its first fully electric car in China for global export from 2019, it announced at the Shanghai Auto Show on Wednesday, as it looks to take full advantage of its ownership by Chinese OEM Geely Automotive.
The decision to locate production in China reflects China being the largest market for electric vehicles (EVs) by sales, with numbers predicted to skyrocket as the Chinese government pushes hard with stringent EV and hybrid targets in order to bring down crippling levels of air pollution in its cities.
The all-new model will be based on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) for smaller cars. Another fully electric car is being developed on its larger Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), with every model also being offered as a plug-in hybrid version.
Chief executive of Volvo Cars Håkan Samuelsson said: ‘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. We believe that electrification is the answer to sustainable mobility.’
Volvo aims to sell a cumulative one million units of electric and hybrid cars combined by 2025. Global sales overall rose 6.2% to 534,332 last year. It has three manufacturing plants in China in Daqing (90 series), Chengdu (60 series) and Luqiao (40 series), with the former two being main production plants for the group alongside its European car plants at its headquarters in Gothenburg in Sweden, and well as at Ghent in Belgium.
Photograph courtesy of Volvo Car Corporation