Volvo’s smallest electric SUV has been revealed, but it will bring power to adults.
Prices in Europe for EX30 will launch at €36,000 ($57,750) when it arrives in showrooms; it is on its way to Australia before the end of 2023 with local pricing yet to be confirmed.
Three variants will be offered:
- Single motor variant (200kW and 343Nm) with 51kWh LFP battery works well for 344km
- Single-motor variant (200kW and 343Nm) with 69kWh NMC battery works well for 480km
- A dual-motor variant (315kW and 523Nm) with a 69kWh NMC battery that works well for a range of 460km
Even the entry-level model hits 100 km/h in just 5.5 seconds, while the top-of-the-line all-wheel drive model can do the standard sprint in 3.6 seconds like a supercar.
Standard Range models can charge up to 134 kW connected to a DC public fast charger, while Extended Range models are capable of 153 kW.
As you’d expect from a Volvo, a full range of active driver assistance features are available. The LiDAR sensor offered on the flagship EX90 hasn’t translated to the more affordable EX30, though that’s no surprise.
This will be the first Volvo to offer door opening alerts to warn drivers if they are about to open the door into traffic or oncoming cyclists. Also on the spec sheet is a version of the advanced driver monitoring system from the EX90.
Inside, the small EX30 has a simple interior that builds on the formula laid down by the current range.
Knot? Not here. Everything is controlled via a vertically oriented 12.3-inch central touchscreen running software based on Volvo’s latest Android Automotive.
Volvo has followed in Tesla’s footsteps by ditching the traditional instrumentation display and instead placing key driver warning and speed information on the central touchscreen.
There’s a pair of wireless phone chargers at the bottom of the dashboard, while the floating center console frees up storage space for bags.
You’ll notice the window switches and other controls have been moved to the central tunnel; Volvo says this allows it to make door trims simpler, which in turn makes them more environmentally friendly and affordable to manufacture.
Volvo has been highlighting the effort to make the EX30 green before it hit showrooms.
Volvo also says that 95 percent of the tier-one suppliers needed to build the EX30 have committed to using 100 percent renewable energy in their production by 2025.
17% of the plastic in the car is recycled, from door trim to bumper parts.
Stay tuned for details on the Australian EX30.