That's right, Volvo will build EVs in the good old USA.
Volvo has made some big promises on the electric vehicle front, claiming that around 50 percent of its sales will be electric by 2025. But up until recently, the Swedish automaker hadn't really done anything concrete in the marketplace to achieve its EV goals. That finally changed when the Volvo XC40 Recharge was announced as the company's first mass-market EV. The electric XC40 produces 402 horsepower and should have a range of over 200 miles when it arrives on the market.
This is a nice start towards Volvo's electric future but the Swedish automaker is planning on building plenty more EVs. And according to the Post and Courier of Charleston, Volvo is planning to build another EV in South Carolina based on the next-generation Volvo XC90.
Volvo will reportedly build a new battery assembly plant alongside its existing South Carolina plant where the S60 sedan is built. This battery plant is part of Volvo's $600 million investment in South Carolina that was made back in 2017. Volvo will begin production of the next-generation XC90 in 2022, at which time the construction of the battery plant will be completed.
We expect the next-generation XC90 to offer a plug-in hybrid drivetrain alongside the all-electric version, both of which will be built in Charleston. No details have emerged regarding range or power for what should be dubbed the XC90 Recharge but we assume output will be greater than the sub-compact XC40 Recharge.
Volvo has felt the sting of the trade tensions between the US and China since it builds several vehicles in the People's Republic. Building a second model in the US will help Volvo avoid trade tariffs imposed by the US. Volvo is also slated to reveal an EV in 2021 that has yet to be named, but the company reportedly has no plans to built an electric S60.