Volvo to launch EX90, EX30 electric SUVs in India by 2025

The company is looking at local assembly of both models.

By Autocar India News Desk calendar 28 Feb 2024 Views icon3402 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp
Volvo EX30 (above); Volvo EX90 (below); Jyoti Malhotra, MD, Volvo Cars India (inset).

Volvo EX30 (above); Volvo EX90 (below); Jyoti Malhotra, MD, Volvo Cars India (inset).

Volvo currently sells two EVs in India – the XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge – and in a recent interaction with the media, Jyoti Malhotra, MD, Volvo Cars India, has confirmed that the company will double its portfolio by 2025 with the launch of the EX30 and EX90 born electric SUVs. Malhotra even went on to say that the company is actively looking at local assembly of both EVs.

Volvo EV sales projection

Volvo India sold 690 EVs in 2023, which was 28 percent of the company’s total sales. This comprised 519 units of the XC40 Recharge and 180 units of the C40 Recharge, with the former being on sale for a full year while the latter was available in just the last quarter. Volvo expects EV sales to grow up to 33 percent of its total sales in 2024.

“2023 was a good year from a volume perspective. We had a growth of 31 percent, which is good, with Asia Pacific being one of the fastest growing areas, albeit on a low base. The more heartening thing was the adoption has been strong for EVs,” said Malhotra. 

As per Volvo, the EV sales as a portion of the total in luxury segments has been 7 percent higher than in mass-market segments, and it’s expected to grow a further 8-10 percent in 2024. Malhotra also expects 50 percent of luxury car sales in India to comprise of EVs by 2030. 

“This year it should be one-third penetration, with more car lines coming in 2025, the penetration will further increase,” Malhotra said. Volvo itself has already committed to being a full-electric brand by 2030

The company has adopted a direct-to-customer model for sale of its electric cars, and Malhotra says, “So far, the indications are good. In another few years, we may add ICE as well.”

Volvo considering India as a manufacturing base

At present, Volvo produces cars out of China, Sweden and the US. The company is looking at more places where it can produce cars, and India happens to be under consideration for manufacturing, not just for domestic sales, but even exports. The company, however, has not yet arrived at a concrete decision on this. Currently, all Volvo cars and SUVs sold here are locally assembled, although the company is building the petrol-powered XC40 only by order.

Volvo EX90, EX30 details

As for the upcoming EV SUVs, the EX90 was unveiled in 2022 as the brand’s flagship EV and is a seven-seater, effectively being an electric equivalent to the existing XC90. It was the first model to be underpinned by the brand’s EV SPA2 architecture, and is closely related to the Polestar 3. In top-spec guise, the EX90 gets a 111kWh battery for a range of 600km on the WLTP cycle; its electric motor produces up to 517hp of power. You can read more about it here.

Meanwhile, the EX30 is positioned as the brand’s entry-level electric SUV, and is based on parent firm Geely’s SEA platform, which is also shared with the Jeep Avenger EV. It, however, has a clear family resemblance to the flagship EX90 SUV. In its top-spec Twin Motor Performance model, the EX30 uses a 69kWh nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) battery and has 427hp of power. You can read more about it here.

In the meantime, in 2024, Volvo is likely to introduce new variants of the XC40 and C40 Recharge line-up, which could perhaps be the entry-level, single-motor RWD variants with a 69kWh battery pack that’s available overseas. Currently, both models are available in their twin-motor AWD guise with a 78kWh battery pack.

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