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New Volvo EV crossover will be built in South Carolina

Volvo’s 2.3 million-sq.-foot assembly plant in Ridgeville, S.C., an hour northwest of Charleston, will be the to start with factory to make the automaker’s up coming-era battery-electric motor vehicles, Volvo Autos CEO Hakan Samuelsson explained to Automotive News previous summer months.

“This factory will … also be the only plant in the [Volvo Cars Group] which only can make entire-electric powered cars and trucks,” reported Samuelsson, who actions down as CEO in March.

Since output started in tumble 2018, the manufacturing unit has operated at a fraction of its 150,000-car annual capability. Volvo designed an believed 23,000 S60 midsize sedans in Ridgeville past calendar year, according to a provider resource.

Starting late next year, the plant will begin assembling the to start with of two critical electrical crossovers.

Volvo affiliate Polestar will start manufacturing of a Porsche Cayenne-sized electric crossover there. Volvo is investing $118 million in the South Carolina plant to make the Polestar 3.

A lot more noticeably, Volvo will start out creation of a battery version of its bestselling XC90 substantial crossover in South Carolina in early 2023.

The Ridgeville factory will primarily supply EVs to the Americas, claimed Javier Varela, Volvo Cars’ head of industrial operations.

“The intention is not to develop a tremendous hub for exporting from here,” Varela reported. “It is to have a facility that can produce to this current market and then contribute with flexibility to supply to other marketplaces.”

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