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Volvo’s Future Electric Plans: 3-Cylinder PHEV In 2018, All-Electric Offerings With 100 kWh Battery In 2019

Volvo T5 Twin Engine on CMA and T8 Twin Engine AWD on SPA

Volvo’s current electrification plan includes both a new plug-in hybrid, and also new all-electric models (yes, plural), that will be introduced from 2018 and 2019 respectively. According to latest news on the all-electric offerings, Volvo battery pack sizes up to a fairly massive 100 kWh in mind, paired with a comparably sizable electric motor – offering power outputs of up to 450 kW. The company’s charging plans take into account up to about ~20 kW AC charging (on-board) for home/L2 applications, and also DC charging for higher power – in both standards (CCS and CHAdeMO), which we assume will be offered in the type most popular for the region to new all-electric vehicle will be sold in. “To enable the cost-effective production of a range of BEVs meeting different requirements, Volvo is developing the Modular Electrification Platform (MEP)—a set of modular building blocks for electrification than will allow Volvo to deliver vehicles ranging between 100 – 450 kW of propulsive power, with battery packs of up to 100 kWh in size.” Volvo currently offers only plug-in hybrids. Currently, the major product is XC90 T8 Twin Engine based on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) for 90 series cars. However, the second platform is Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) – announced in 2016 – for smaller cars. Starting in 2018, new plug-in hybrids (T5 Twin Engine, FWD) are to be equipped with a new 3-cylinder petrol engine and a new 7-speed dual clutch transmissionm coupled to an 55 kW electric motor, powered from a 9.7 kWh battery – which will offer an estimated 50 km (31 miles) of range. We of course take this estimate to reflect European/NEDC standards, meaning the new plug-in hybrids will more likely be achieving a real world (EPA) range of maybe 40 km (25 miles)

Volvo Concept 40.2 profile