Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars, spoke of a future 100% electric model that could join the Volvo range. It would be placed under the compact SUV XC40 Recharge and would use the new dedicated SEA platform.
For its first mass-produced electric model, Volvo has chosen to electrify its range “from below” by launching a trendy version of its compact SUV XC40, which has just started production. Still, with over 2.2t on the scale, a peak power of over 400hp and an entry ticket of almost € 60,000, the XC40 Recharge is far from a reasonable electric car.
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A new platform dedicated to electric cars
Volvo, which has set itself the goal of selling 50% electric cars by 2025, is reportedly set to design a little brother to the XC40 Recharge, however, in the form of a 100% electric crossover. “It is difficult to push the CMA platform lower (used by the XC40, positioned on segment C), which is a platform shared between electric and thermal vehicles ”, says Håkan Samuelsson, CEO of Volvo Cars, in an interview with Auto Express. This future model would therefore use a new platform: Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA), the development of which was led by Geely, Volvo's parent company.
It was announced at the Beijing 2020 Motor Show with the Lynk & Co Zero Concept concept and is dedicated to electric models from segment A to segment E. Geely, for his part, provides open source logic, in order to be able to offer its platform to manufacturers. outside the Chinese group. According to the German newspaper Automobilwoche, Daimler, in which Geely is a shareholder, would be among the interested parties. According to Håkan Samuelsson, this platform would allow a competitive cost structure: “The SEA was developed in China, and with the Chinese suppliers you get a very good cost structure.” Note that, at the same time, Lotus – in which Geely is the majority shareholder – announced the development of a lightweight platform dedicated to electric cars, the LEVA (Lightweight Electric Vehicle Architecture).
The name of the "XC20" has not been confirmed by Håkan Samuelsson. Asked by Auto Express Regarding the body of this new model, the CEO of Volvo Cars confirmed the trail of a small SUV: “Yes, good answer! It has to be premium, and SUVs are very popular, but it also has to be all electric. I think future SUVs may not be exactly like today's SUVs. Ground clearance and off-road capabilities are probably not the most important things today. ”
No release date for this new model is mentioned. “Next year there will be another Volvo 40 series, which will also be electric”, however announces Håkan Samuelsson. Finally, a future SUV rival of the Mercedes GLS and other BMW X7 could arrive around 2022, with plug-in hybrid and electric versions. This “XC100” would be based on a new SPA2 platform, succeeding the SPA used by the current models of Volvo's 60 and 90 series.