Volvo is gearing up for the highly anticipated debut of its smallest electric vehicle, the Volvo EX30, scheduled for June 7. As the reveal date approaches, the Swedish automaker is teasing eager customers with additional details about the upcoming EV.
Anders Nyth, Volvo’s sustainability manager, has disclosed that the EX30 will come with two battery options right from the start. The first is a 51-kilowatt-hour lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) pack, while the second is a larger 60-kWh nickel-cobalt-manganese (NMC) variant. The latter battery choice will provide a maximum driving range of 298 miles (480 kilometers), as reported by Autocar, though this figure is likely based on the WLTP rating and the EPA range estimate might be slightly lower, as is typically the case. Nonetheless, the claimed range should be more than sufficient for daily driving scenarios, considering that the EX30 is primarily designed as a city car positioned below Volvo’s XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge models.
According to Nyth, the drivetrain configuration will affect the car’s efficiency, with Volvo offering both a rear-wheel-drive version and an all-wheel-drive version. The long-range variant will feature rear-wheel drive and an NCM battery.
Volvo is also aiming to make the EX30 its most environmentally friendly vehicle to date, boasting the lowest carbon footprint of any Volvo model and a 25 percent reduction compared to the existing XC40/C40 Recharge over a distance of 124,000 miles (200,000 kilometers). To achieve this, the Geely-owned automaker is incorporating a greater amount of recycled materials in the car’s construction. Approximately 25 percent of the aluminum and around 17 percent of the steel used in the EX30 will be sourced from recycled materials. Furthermore, roughly 17 percent of the plastics used in the vehicle are recycled, and the EX30 has been engineered to be highly recyclable at the end of its lifecycle.
Volvo has also made strides in reducing waste during the manufacturing process. The company has minimized scrap metal resulting from the stamping of body parts, and its production facilities are powered by a significant amount of climate-neutral energy, including 100 percent climate-neutral electricity.
The global debut of the Volvo EX30 EV is set for June 7, and interested customers will have the opportunity to order or pre-order the small crossover in select markets. Additionally, Volvo plans to offer the EX30 through a monthly subscription program, catering to the preferences of young Generation Z buyers born between the late 1990s and early 2000s.
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