Volvo Automotive Australia has confirmed the EX30, the model’s smallest SUV but, is coming to Australia later this yr.
Not a lot is understood concerning the EX30 but, although Volvo teased a picture of it late final yr forward of its international launch this yr revealing related boxy styling and lighting parts to the flagship EX90.
The car is predicted to supply solely all-electric powertrains and be produced in China for native and export markets.
Volvo has excessive hopes for the small electrical crossover saying it’s going to play a “huge half” in reaching its formidable gross sales goal of 1.2 million automobiles per yr by 2025.
Whereas pricing gained’t be revealed till later this yr, Volvo CEO Jim Rowan has beforehand mentioned he expects the crossover to “attain a unique worth demographic”.
Smaller battery choices which Mr Rowan says will enable consumers to “select the vary that most closely fits their life-style and their price range” are anticipated to assist carry pricing down.
In some markets Volvo might supply a subscription service for a minimal three-month time period to additionally encourage consumers, although the corporate gained’t supply swappable batteries as some Chinese language automakers are doing.
It says it gained’t do that resulting from security causes. The battery has been positioned in a location which is in an ‘integral’ a part of the automobile’s crashworthiness.
In the meanwhile the most cost effective all-electric Volvo in Australia is the XC40 Recharge Pure Electrical, which begins at $73,990 earlier than on-road prices.
Volvo plans to turn out to be an EV-only model by 2030, with its Australian line-up going all-electric by 2026.
The Swedish carmaker, a part of the Geely empire, says it plans to be Australia’s first producer to totally transition to pure-electric energy.
Presently Volvo provides solely two EVs, the XC40 Recharge Pure Electrical and the C40 Recharge Pure Electrical, with the big EX90 to hitch them regionally late in 2024.