Volvo is going electric: a new Automotive News report from Volvo dealers says we'll see five new electric vehicles in the next few years, as well as a major expansion of the Swedish company's assembly plant in South Carolina. The announcement was made last week at a dealer event in Miami, where Volvo revealed its future plans to 800 retailers in North America.Future electric cars will include large and small crossovers, as well as a new sedan. The full-size crossover, which will replace the XC90, is expected to be produced next year. It will be sold alongside the current XC90, which is also expected to be updated for the foreseeable future. Volvo predicts sales of about 20,000 cars next year.
There will also be two sports models, but no other details about these vehicles have been announced. Volvo will produce an electric crossover, that occupies an intermediate position between the XC60 and XC90, with a global production capacity of 100,000 cars per year. Dealers have been shown updated versions of the plug-in hybrid S90 and XC90. There are also rumors of an all-electric XC60 and a smaller electric car than the compact XC40.
According to the report, Volvo is planning an "ambitious hiring plan" to prepare for EV production that starts this year. The company has a plan to fully transition to electric vehicle production by 2030.
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