Volvo has announced that it will build its first fully electric car in China. The new electric car will be based on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, and will go on sale sometime in 2019. Although it’s being built in China, the new Volvo electric car will be available worldwide.
Electric cars have become more important in China, since the country is working hard to reduce its air pollution levels. China is now the world’s largest market for electrified cars and it has aggressive goals to expand sales of electric vehicles in order to address congestion and air quality issues in its cities. Volvo’s decision to make its first electric car in China plays into the central role China will play in Volvo’s electrified future in addition to showing how China is growing as a manufacturing center for the automotive industry.
“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,” said Håkan Samuelsson, chief executive of Volvo Cars. “We believe that electrification is the answer to sustainable mobility.”
Volvo has a commitment to sell a total of 1 million electrified cars (fully electric cars and hybrids) – by 2025. Volvo is also developing a fully electric car on its larger Scalable Product Architecture that’s the basis for its 90 Series models. The Swedish company also plans to offer plug-in hybrid versions of every model.