Volvo wants more sustainability: new electric cars and CO2-free battery production

Volvo wants more sustainability: new electric cars and CO2-free battery production


Volvo is accelerating its electric strategy. By 2025, the Swedes want to have four new Stromers on the road and set up CO2-free battery production in their country.


Germany is not the world. At least that’s what Volvo consoles itself with when it comes to sales figures. Because while the Swedes managed to win almost six percent more buyers worldwide last year with almost 700,000 cars than in 2020, new registrations in Germany decreased by 7.6 percent. The 43,616 units are however confidently classified as a “strong result” as Volvo has outperformed most premium competitors and also outperformed the market as a whole. The bestseller in the portfolio is still the XC60, just ahead of its little brother, the XC40. The XC90 doesn’t even get half of that. Which is not surprising, as the brand’s flagship is entering its life cycle.




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The successor is already on the starting blocks and continues what started with the smaller C40 last year: a constant focus on battery-electric drives. The C40 is the first Volvo model that is only available as a Stromer. Also in the next XC90, which Volvo wants to present at the end of this year, neither diesel, petrol engine nor any kind of hybrid will work. It is believed that Volvo will continue to use the old XC90 for a few more years for markets that are further behind when it comes to e-mobility. The market launch of the new car in Germany is planned for mid-2023.


Volvo plans to have five pure electric cars in its range by 2025. In addition to the C40 and the successor to the XC90, there is also a division on the list, which is placed between the XC90 and the XC60 and was presented last year as the Concept Recharge. Its elongated silhouette, like a station wagon is characteristic. It is quite possible that Volvo will not be able to afford two conventional station wagons such as the V60 and V90 next to each other with a series model (the word XC80 sometimes appeared). In any case, the S90 sedan will continue to be built, which seems reasonable from a global perspective.




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Volvo plans to have five pure electric cars in its range by 2025. In addition to the C40 and the successor to the XC90, there is also a division on the list, which is placed between the XC90 and the XC60 and was presented last year as the Concept Recharge. Its elongated silhouette, like a station wagon is characteristic. It is quite possible that Volvo will not be able to afford two conventional station wagons such as the V60 and V90 next to each other with a series model (the word XC80 sometimes appeared). In any case, the S90 sedan will continue to be built, which seems reasonable from a global perspective.


Batteries are a major issue for Volvo when it comes to electrifying its new range. From the middle of this decade, CO2-neutral battery cells are to be produced from a partnership with Northvolt in a specially designed plant in Gothenburg. In terms of energy content, the goal is to double compared to today. For 2030, when Volvo only wants to offer electric cars, the goal is a range of up to 1,000 km.