Volvo’s first electric car is coming in 2019 – but not from Sweden.
As part of the Chinese government’s push for more electric cars Volvo will build its first fully electric car in China. The Swedish brand is owned by Chinese company Geely and has committed to building plug-in hybrid variants of all of its models in the future.
“Volvo Cars fully supports the Chinese government’s call for cleaner air as outlined in the latest five-year plan,” said H?kan Samuelsson, Volvo CEO. “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.”
However, it is not clear if it will be a variant or the S40 and XC40 or a fully stand-alone model, as per the Toyota Prius or BMW i3.
The brand’s new Scalable Product Architecture, the underpinnings of all of its new models, has been designed to accommodate an electric powertrain which means every model in the brand’s range should be capable of offering an EV variant in the future.
Volvo has set the target of selling one million EV and plug-in hybrid cars by 2025.