Volvo will triple EV output at Belgium plant – Automotive News Europe

Volvo Cars is boosting production of full-electric cars at its plant in Ghent, Belgium.

The company is adding output of a second battery-powered car at the factory in addition to the full-electric XC40 Recharge compact SUV.

The new EV will use the same architecture as the XC40 Recharge. Volvo will provide more details on the model, which is expected to be called the C40, on March 2.

Volvo plans to launch a new full-electric car every year until 2025, when it expects that half of its global sales will be battery-powered models.

Last year the automaker produced 194,890 cars in Ghent, including 6,604 full-electric XC40 Recharge models and 36,905 plug-in hybrid versions of the SUV, according to company figures.

The V60 midsize station wagon, powered by combustion engines, accounted for the rest of the production.

Volvo estimates output of full-electric cars at Ghent will triple from 2020 to 2022, at which time full-electric cars will account for about 60 percent of the plant’s total production capacity.

“As we continue to electrify our lineup and boost our electric production capacity, Ghent is a real trailblazer for our global manufacturing network,” Javier Varela, Volvo’s head of global industrial operations and quality, said in a release.


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