Volvo announced that it has established a new battery assembly line at its Ghent plant in Belgium. At the plant, the company’s first electric car, the XC40 Recharge P8, is scheduled to begin production by 2020.
The new assembly line is one of Volvo’s electrification strategies and one of the concrete measures to tackle climate change. Aiming to become a climate-neutral company by 2040, the automaker aims to reduce life cycle CO2 emissions per vehicle by 20 percent by 2025 as compared to 2018.
Volvo aims to make 50 percent of global sales by 2025 electric and plug-in hybrid, while the rest hybrid vehicles. To achieve this, an electric vehicle will be announced every year for the next five years. “Recharge” is a generic term for all rechargeable Volvo cars equipped with an EV or PHEV powertrain.
Over the next few years, battery assembly will be an important factor in Volvo’s worldwide production activities as the entire line-up becomes increasingly electrified. The Ghent plant will roll out important know-how on process optimization and efficiency to other production sites.
The XC40 Recharge P8 is the first in the Volvo Cars lineup as a full EV. The model is also the first to have an all-new Android-based infotainment system incorporating Google technology.