Volvo’s first fully electric car will be made in China

Volvo’s first fully electric car will be made in China

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).

Volvo’s first fully electric car will be made in China

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.

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • Carmakers should focus on developing fuel cell technology which is more practical and durable.

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  • Wasted Proton particle on Apr 19, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Wow, with Geely’s ties to this..
    What a waste if Proton does not swallow own pride & take this leap of faith with them..

    Just do it Proton! Rakyat cannot wait another 30+ years lah!

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    • tokmoh. on Apr 19, 2017 at 6:58 pm

      1,000 years also they won’t make la, will still be busy begging public funds making fuel guzzler junks.

      They’d win award as best beggar in the world, their secondary source of income will be making seminars how to be best beggar in the world.

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      • Deswai i said shud pump the money into public transport instead. Lets make PM vision gr8 success!

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  • thepolygonal on Apr 19, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Unlike petrol technology, battery technology moves very fast in the past few years. With tesla’s new 2170 cell being more cheaper and higher energy density than the one before. I bet in 2019, “100 kWh in size” as mentioned in the article for the Volvo might even ended up being 250 kWh for the same size which is a very good news for us consumers.

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    • tokmoh. on Apr 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      Do not worry, Volvo and Geely are run by competent people and with enough resources to do what’s necessary.

      Volvo have talked about electrification for few years already, they’re definitely committed to be the best in this segment. They are the one to watch out for.

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  • tokmoh. on Apr 19, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    For the grolious motherrand!

    *cue hell march*

    Geely > all
    Volvo > all

    Proton, hello? Buatpe tu? Hiring hoboes untuk ajar art of begging? Good luck!

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    • Why go for China made Volvos when u can get jepunis hondas at half price?

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  • Semi-Value (Member) on Apr 19, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    the time has come…our future gen would be driving made in china cars…..sadly….just like how we used to get made in japan electronics but now its a luxury

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  • EV Policy on Apr 20, 2017 at 1:22 am

    Once you have a country with a clear direction of EV policy, then the EV industry can move forward at the momentum rate. Way to go Geely, spearheading the EV market and keep our Earth healthy. I guess here we are worried about hurting Petronas financial position, “retarded” mindset and self-centered. When having a leader born with his eyes is at back of the head, you can guess the direction this country is heading.

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    • Maybe u din know, but Pet has alredi diversified into other fields & even other countries. Whether Gov fully commits to EV or not, may not necessarily cripple Pet. OTOH, even oil rich 1st worlds (Norway, US, Canada, etc) has invested very little into EV. Mostly comes from private sector. Here we only have Greentech & that still with Gov sapot. So how can MY commit to fully EV?

      Gov must realistic and invest in proven tech: public transportation. Once all setup, then can think about EV (EV-fication of public transport?)

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