At the ongoing Auto Shanghai 2017, Volvo has announced that it will build its first fully electric car in China, which will be exported globally. According to the Swedish carmaker, “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 centre for the automotive industry.”
Volvo’s battery electric vehicle (BEV) will be available for sale in 2019, and is based on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA). The platform, which was shown to us in the past, underpins the brand’s upcoming small cars like the XC40 and all-new S40.
Beyond that, the carmaker is remaining tight-lipped on the details surrounding its BEV. Previous reports have suggested that the BEV will be fitted with battery packs that could be up to 100 kWh in size, with electric motors providing outputs from 100kW (134 hp) to 450 kW (603 hp).
The BEV is also said to offer up to 482 km of range between charges as well as AC charging of up to 20 kW and high-speed DC charging, with support for the Combined Charging System (CCS) and CHAdeMO quick charging standard.
“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,” said Hakan Samuelsson, chief executive of Volvo Cars.
Currently, Volvo has three manufacturing facilities in China with the first located in Daqing, which makes its 90 series cars. The other two are Chengdu, which makes its 60 series cars, and Luqiao, which will make its upcoming 40 Series cars.