Volvo's First Electric Vehicle Will Be Built in China

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Volvo has plans to build its first electric vehicle in China.

The Swedish automaker’s first electric vehicle will be based on the company’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) for smaller cars and will be exported globally from China. The move makes sense considering Volvo’s owner is Chinese company Geely and China has become the world’s largest sales market for electrified cars. Volvo is committed to selling a total of one-million electrified cars by 2025 and that includes hybrids and fully electric models. The company is also developing a fully electric car on its Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). In the future, Volvo plans to offer plug-in hybrid versions of every model.

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There are very few details on Volvo’s first electric vehicle, but it will reportedly feature a range of around 250 miles and the CMA platform will support 100-kWh battery packs. And since it’s riding on the CMA platform, expect it to be a more compact model like the 40-series vehicles from Volvo. The larger offering will come from the SPA platform sometime after 2019.

“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.”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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