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A report of Automotive News indicates that Volvo provided plans and details on the features and rollout of its upcoming electric vehicles to its dealers in North and South America, as part of the plan to become an all-electric brand by 2030.
Anonymous sources told Automotive News that Volvo disclosed its plans to a group of its dealers at a meeting in Miami last week. Thus, it will present no less than five new electric models in the coming years. This new zero-emissions offensive will be made possible by an expansion of Volvo’s assembly plant in Ridgeville, South Carolina, which is relatively new, having started operations in June 2018. Today Volvo builds the S60 sedan at that factory. .
The new batch of electric vehicles will include a midsize crossover, a small crossover, a new sedan and a three-row full-size crossover that will formally replace the XC90, but will be sold alongside it for an unspecified initial period. The new full-size crossover will be based on the Volvo Concept Recharge concept car presented in 2021, whose images accompany this article.
According to Automotive News, Volvo also discussed two sport utility vehicles it called “activity vehicles,” but the report doesn’t elaborate on them or estimate an arrival date. The report also says that by 2025 Volvo will build an electric crossover positioned between the XC60 and XC90, which it expects to produce 100,000 units a year globally.
Dealers got a chance to take a look at more immediate future products, such as updated versions of the S90 and XC90 plug-in hybrids.
Volvo will fit out its South Carolina plant, which has huge idle production capacity, for building these electric cars, as well as for making models from its sister company Polestar. The first of the Volvo models to be built locally will be the three-row, full-size electric crossover in 2023.