- volvo held a dealer event in miami last week and revealed plans for five new evs in the next few years, automotive news has reported.
- according to the dealer information, a new full-size electric crossover is due next year, with a sedan and smaller crossover also planned.
- volvo won't totally abandon the wagon market, reportedly presenting two wagon-like models that volvo called "activity vehicles."
volvo is ramping up its transition to electric vehicles, with a new report from automotive news sourced from volvo dealers that says we'll see five new evs in the next few years and a massive upscaling of the swedish company's south carolina assembly plant. the news comes from a dealer event in miami last week, when volvo presented its future plans to about 800 retailers from north and south america. automotive news cited anonymous sources who were present at the function.
the upcoming evs will include a large and small crossover and a new sedan. the full-size crossover, effectively a replacement for the xc90, is expected to arrive next year and bear a resemblance to the concept recharge (pictured here) from 2021. it should offer three rows of seating and will be sold alongside the current xc90, which is also due for a facelift, for the foreseeable future. volvo is predicting sales of around 20,000 units next year, the report claims.
there will also be two sporty wagon-esque models that volvo apparently called "activity vehicles," but no other details on these vehicles has leaked from the meeting. volvo is also expected to build an electric crossover positioned between the xc60 and xc90, due in 2025, with global production of 100,000 units per year. dealers were also shown revised versions of the s90 and xc90 plug-in hybrids. an all-electric xc60 and an ev smaller than the compact xc40 crossover are also rumored. a volvo spokesperson contacted by car and driver said only that the company will not comment on future product.
this electric product offensive will rely on volvo’s 2.3-million-square-foot ridgeville, south carolina, plant. the factory currently produces the s60 sedan, but it churns out only a small fraction of its 150,000-vehicle-per-year capacity. volvo is planning an "ambitious hiring plan" to prepare for the upcoming evs, according to the report today. the first electric crossover will begin production there late this year, with polestar also set to build an electric crossover, likely the polestar 3, at the south carolina factory. the flagship volvo ev crossover will start production in early 2023, as volvo begins its transition to an all-electric brand by 2030.