An electrical XC40 will launch later this yr
Deal guarantees battery provide for subsequent decade as Swedish agency forges forward with electrification technique
Volvo has bolstered its electrified mannequin roll-out by signing long-term offers with battery makers CATL and LG Chem in a transfer set to “make sure the multi-billion greenback provide of lithium ion batteries over the approaching decade for Volvo and Polestar fashions,” stated the automotive maker.
Volvo introduced in 2017 that, from this yr, all of its new fashions could be electrified. It additionally needs 50 per cent of its international gross sales to be electrical vehicles by 2025.
This settlement with CATL of China and LG Chem of South Korea will assist safe that aim, and comes forward of Volvo launching its first electrical automotive later this yr, a zero-emission variant of the present XC40 compact SUV.
The problem of battery provide is essential for automotive makers because the trade forges forward with electrification: within the final 18 months, quite a lot of producers are understood to have confronted provide shortages forcing electrical automobile delays.
This deal covers battery provide for the following technology of Volvo’s bigger fashions, such because the XC60 and XC90, which will probably be constructed on a brand new SPA2 platform in addition to vehicles on the maker’s current CMA platform utilized in smaller fashions such because the XC40 and Polestar 2.
“The way forward for Volvo Vehicles is electrical and we're firmly dedicated to transferring past the inner combustion engine,” stated Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo CEO. “At this time’s agreements with CATL and LG Chem display how we'll attain our bold electrification targets.”
Volvo’s first battery meeting line will launch earlier than the top of the yr at Volvo’s plant in Ghent, Belgium the place the electrical XC40 will probably be constructed. Plug-in hybrid variants of the XC40 are already underway on the road.
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