- Up to 135,000 electric cars per year are to be built in Ghent
- Picture gallery: Volvo C40 Recharge (Production In Gent)
- Picture gallery: Volvo XC40 Pure Electric (technology)
Up to 135,000 electric cars per year are to be built in Ghent
The Volvo C40 Recharge Pure Electric (that's the official name of the pure electric version) is now in series production. Volvo’s second electric model after the XC40 is built in Ghent, Belgium.
With around 6,500 employees, the Ghent plant is one of the largest Volvo plants.
In addition to the V60, the XC40 is built there, including the all-electric model. In 2020 there were almost 200,000 cars in Ghent according to the Belgian Volvo website. Volvo does not reveal how many of these were accounted for by the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric.
In the course of the model launch of the C40 (which, unlike the XC40, is only available as an electric car), Volvo is increasing its production capacity for electric vehicles in Ghent to 135,000 cars per year. By 2022, the company expects that more than half of all vehicles produced at the site will have a fully electric drive.
Picture gallery: Volvo C40 Recharge (Production In Gent)
Like the XC40, the C40 is based on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), which was developed together with the parent company Geely. While the XC40 is now also available in a front-wheel drive version In addition to the 300 kW four-wheel drive, the C40 only offers a motor-battery combination, at least at the start: 300 kW and 75 kWh net. According to the press release, the WLTP range should be around 440 kilometers – up to now 420 km have been mentioned. When the battery is empty, it can be charged with up to 150 kW. According to Volvo, the process takes 40 minutes (10-80 percent). Here on the Volvo website 31 minutes mentioned.
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After the C40, Volvo plans to introduce more fully electric models in the coming years, with the all-electric XC90 successor being next. This will be based on the larger Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) and should start in 2023.
By 2025, electric cars should already account for 50 percent of global Volvo sales. In 2030, Volvo then only wants to bring electric vehicles onto the market – which does not mean that they will no longer sell combustion engines and plug-in hybrids. In addition, Volvo wants to be a climate-neutral company by 2040.
Picture gallery: Volvo XC40 Pure Electric (technology)
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