Volvo will build XC90 EV SUV in South Carolina (USA)
Volvo Cars will create an electric version of its next XC90 SUV and build it at its plant near Charleston, South Carolina (USA), in 2022, Ceo Hakan Samuelsson told Automotive News last week.
It will be the first electric Volvo to be American made and is expected to be the brand’s third battery-powered model.
Starting as the second quarter of 2022, the plant will become the global production center for the third-generation XC90 flagship crossover. It will be built on the next version of Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture platform, referred to as SPA2. It’s not clear how much of XC90 production at the South Carolina plant will be devoted to the battery-electric variant.
«There will be a huge investment necessary for the SPA2 platform» Samuelsson said.
The current XC90 accounts for about a third of Volvo’s U.S. sales. Through September, Volvo sold 24,909 of the large crossover in the U.S., up 5.3 percent from the year-earlier period.