Volvo has announced that it will introduce its first production EV globally from 2019, but instead of calling Sweden home, production is set to take place in China
The new model will be a part of the company’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) range, developed in conjunction with owner, Geely, and set to underpin compact models including the S40 sedan and XC40 small SUV.
Chinese production ties in with the Chinese government's push for more electric cars over the next five years, with China set to become the world’s largest market for EV and plug-in hybrid vehicles as the government looks to address air quality concerns.
"Volvo Cars fully supports the Chinese government's call for cleaner air as outlined in the latest five-year plan," said Volvo CEO, Hakan Samuelsson.
"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."
Electrification plans have been put in place by Volvo from as early as as 2015 with confirmation coming at the Shanghai Auto Show that the first full EV would be based in the 40 Series range of vehicles.
Volvo is yet to announce if its first electric vehicle will be offered as a dedicated model, like the BMW i3, or if a version of either the S40 or XC40 (or even both) will come with an EV option.
As well as the fully-electric potential for the CMA platform, Volvo’s large car Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) also offers the potential for electrification, with the XC90 already available as a plug-in hybrid, and room to offer a EV variants of the chassis in the future.
Volvo has set itself a target of selling one million EV and plug-in hybrid cars by 2025, with a view to adding a plug-in version of every model in its range.
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