Premium car maker Volvo
Cars will build its first fully electric car in China, the company announced at
Auto Shanghai in China. The all new model will be based on Volvo’s Compact
Modular Architecture (CMA) for smaller cars, and will be available for sale in
2019 and exported globally from China, Volvo said.
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
China is the world’s largest
sales market for electrified cars and has ambitious targets to expand sales of
fully electric and hybrid cars in order to address congestion and air quality
issues in its cities.
Volvo has a commitment to sell a total of 1m
electrified cars – including fully electric cars and hybrids – by 2025. It is
also developing a fully electric car on its Scalable Product Architecture
(SPA). The Swedish company also plans to offer plug-in hybrid versions of every
Volvo has three manufacturing facilities in
China in Daqing, which makes its 90 series cars, Chengdu, which makes its 60
series cars, and Luqiao, which will make its 40 series cars.
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