Volvo Opens New Battery Assembly Line at Ghent PlantMarch 5, 2020
Today, the Swedish automaker officially opened a new battery line at its Belgian plant in Ghent, where it will begin production of its first all-electric car, the XC40 Recharge P8, which kicks off later this year.
The production of our own batteries for electric cars is the latest evidence of the ambitious brand electrification strategy and its climate action plan. Between 2018 and 2025, the automaker intends to reduce carbon dioxide emissions per car by 40%, which will be the first step towards achieving the goal of becoming an environmentally friendly company by 2040.
Over the next five years, Volvo Cars will produce an all-electric car every year, as the company aims to ensure that by 2025, sales of all-electric cars account for 50% of global sales, and the remaining 50% will be in hybrids. Recharge will be the all-inclusive name for all Volvos rechargeable with all-electric or plug-in hybrid powertrain.
“I am pleased to celebrate this momentous event with our employees here in Ghent. As the first of our factories to receive a battery assembly line, Ghent plays an innovative role as we continue to prepare our production network for electrification, ”said Geert Brunel, Global Production Manager.
In the coming years, battery assembly will become an important part of Volvo Cars’ international manufacturing activity as it continues to electrify its entire lineup. The plant in Ghent will provide important knowledge to other production sites in terms of process optimization and efficiency.
Earlier this year, the company announced the planned construction of a battery assembly line at its US plant in Charleston, South Carolina. Construction of this assembly line is expected to begin this fall. The company will also produce battery-powered electric vehicles at the Volvo factory in Luqiao, China, where Volvo cars based on the CMA platform roll off the assembly line along with models with the same platform from sister brands Polestar and LYNK & CO.
Ghent is one of two automobile factories operated by Volvo Cars in Europe and has been producing cars of the brand since 1965. At the moment, it employs about 6,500 people.
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