Pushing the Volvo EV wider is said to add SUVs, sedans, luxury vans
Volvo is planning to expand its line of electric vehicles at the behest of parent company Geely, Reuters fifth report.
The automaker plans to launch six new EVs through 2026, according to the report, citing two anonymous sources with knowledge of Volvo’s product plans.
Volvo hasn’t faltered in its transition. It was one of the first brands to announce that it would go all-electric — in its case by 2030, and just last year, top Volvo Cars executives said they were looking forward to equal price. with gasoline-powered models around 2025.
2023 Zeekr 009
But now, in addition to electric versions of its current sedans and crossover SUVs, Volvo is planning several models specifically for the Asian market, according to the report.
Among the new models is a luxury truck based on Zeekr 009, a model from one of Geely’s Chinese brands. Expected to start deliveries in China later this year, the 009 is a six-seat van with a claimed 0-100 km/h time of 4.5 seconds. It also boasts a version of CATL’s latest cell-to-pack technologyshows an estimated range of 514 miles in China’s CLTC test cycle (probably close to 400 miles in the EPA’s more rigorous testing cycle).
According to the report, the van will have a more “emotional” design than Volvo’s current models, which is seen as more suited to Chinese tastes. Development work on both future vans and sedans will be handled by the automaker’s Shanghai development center.
Volvo EX90 2024
The emphasis on winning more sales in Asia means these future Volvo EVs may not make it to the US Volvo currently sells Recharge XC40 and Recharge C40 crossovers here, and both get range- and rear-wheel drive versions for the 2024 model year.
Volvo revealed EX90 2024 in November of last year, though it has yet to provide detailed specs on that model. An exec has confirmed that their hardware will be AC and DC ready two-way charging—something that future Volvo EVs could aim for more effectively reducing CO2 emissions if their packages are also used to help meet demand on the grid.