Volvo to Build Electric XC90 Crossover in U.S.
Volvo Car Corp. says it will produce an electric version of its next-generation XC90 flagship crossover vehicle in the U.S. starting three years from now.
CEO Hakan Samuelsson tells Automotive News the EV will be sourced globally from Volvo’s new factory outside Charleston, S.C., beginning in 2022.
The plant also will make a conventionally powered version of the XC90, which currently carries a base price of $47,200 in the U.S. Both iterations will ride on an updated version of the carmaker’s SPA (scalable product architecture) platform. The XC90 currently accounts for about one-third of Volvo sales in the U.S.
The electric XC90 will join Volvo’s first all-electric model, a variant of the XC40 small crossover unveiled last week. The electric XC40 will launch in the U.S. at the end of next year at a base price of $48,000, about $10,000 more than the piston-powered model.
Both Volvo EVs will be marketed under the Recharge sub-brand for the company’s plug-in hybrid and all-electric models.
Making improvements to existing engines, as well as working toward something entirely different.
The 2016 model is all-new. As in platform and everything else. And the platform—which will have global use—was developed in North America.
Chrysler pioneered the modern-day minivan more than 30 years ago and has been refining and improving that type of vehicle ever since.