A new Volvo EV crossover will be built in China and the United States
Volvo’s 2.3 million square foot assembly plant in Ridgeville, South Carolina, an hour northwest of Charleston, will be the first plant to build the automaker’s next-generation battery-electric vehicles. automobile,” said Volvo Cars CEO Hakan Samuelsson. Automotive News last summer.
“This factory will be … also the only factory in the [Volvo Cars Group] which only makes all-electric cars,” said Samuelsson, who stepped down as CEO in March.
Since the start of production in the fall of 2018, the plant has operated at a fraction of its annual capacity of 150,000 vehicles. Volvo built about 23,000 S60 midsize sedans in Ridgeville last year, according to a supplier source.
From late 2022, the plant will start assembling the first of two key electric crossovers.
Polestar, a subsidiary of Volvo, will launch production of an electric crossover the size of a Porsche Cayenne there. Volvo is invest $118 million in the South Carolina factory to build the Polestar 3.
More importantly, Volvo will start production of a battery of its best-selling XC90 large crossover in South Carolina in early 2023.
The Ridgeville plant will primarily supply electric vehicles to the Americas, said Javier Varela, head of industrial operations at Volvo Cars.
“The intention is not to build a super hub to export from here,” Varela said. “It’s about having a facility that can deliver to this market and then flexibly help deliver to other markets.”