Volvo Vehicles mentioned it’ll solely make and promote all-electric autos by 2030, as a part of a broader transformation of the automaker that may embody shifting gross sales on-line.
“The important thing to sustainability is electrification, mentioned Volvo Vehicles CEO Håkan Samuelsson throughout a presentation Tuesday. “Along with investments in charging infrastructure that’s the proper approach to go and the course we have now chosen at Volvo.”
The announcement was tied to the launch of the C40 Recharge, a low slung crossover based mostly on the corporate’s CMA car platform. Whereas the C40 is the second car underneath Volvo’s EV-focused Recharge model, it’s the first designed as pure electrical solely. All Volvo autos with absolutely electrical and plug-in hybrid powertrains are housed underneath the Recharge model. Just like the XC40 Recharge, it’ll have an infotainment system powered by Google’s Android working system in addition to have the power to make over-the-air software program updates.
“It’s a automotive of firsts and it’s a automotive of the longer term,” CTO Henrik Inexperienced mentioned, including that the C40 could have two motors, a 78 kilowatt-hour battery and an estimated vary of 420 km (260 miles) that may enhance over time through software program updates.
The corporate is effectively on its approach to its electrification objective, in accordance with Samuelsson, noting that final 12 months one automotive out of three offered in Europe was a Recharge mannequin, a rechargeable plug-in hybrid.
Volvo, which is owned by China’s Geely Holdings, goals for 50% of its international gross sales to include absolutely electrical automobiles, with the remainder hybrids. By 2030, each automotive it sells must be absolutely electrical, the corporate mentioned.
Volvo’s evolution isn’t simply pinned to the powertrain.
“The long run buyer supply can not simply include an electrical automotive,” Samuelsson mentioned. “We additionally have to take heed to our shoppers, they usually count on transparency and a seamless expertise getting and having a automotive.”
Volvo will solely promote its all-electric autos on-line and at preset costs. Clients will have the ability to subscribe or purchase the autos, which is able to comes with a buyer care bundle. The autos may also have pre-selected configurations to shorten the time between ordering and receiving a car.