Volvo officially inaugurated a new battery pack assembly line at its manufacturing plant in Ghent, Belgium (one of two Volvo's European plants), where later this year the company will start production of the all-electric Volvo XC40 Recharge P8.

The company will produce battery packs also in Luqiao, China (for Volvo, Polestar and LYNK & CO brands), as well as in the recently announced U.S. plant, outside Charleston, South Carolina.

Lithium-ion cells for those plants will be supplied by two strategic manufacturers: CATL and LG Chem.

Volvo promises to introduce an all-electric car every year over the next five years and increase BEV sales from basically 0% today to at least 50% of its global volume by 2025.

"Over the coming years battery assembly will become an important part of Volvo Cars’ global manufacturing operations as it continues to electrify its entire line-up. The Ghent plant will provide important learnings to other manufacturing sites in terms of process optimisation and efficiency."

Geert Bruyneel, head of global production operations said:

“I am pleased to celebrate this momentous occasion with our employees here in Ghent. As the first of our plants to get a battery assembly line, Ghent plays a pioneering role as we continue to prepare our manufacturing network for electrification.”

Gallery: Volvo XC40 Recharge

Volvo XC40 Recharge specs:

  • based on Compact Modular Architecture (CMA)
  • range of more than 400 km (249 miles) (most likely under WLTP test cycle)
  • 78 kWh battery pack (75 kWh usable, 400 V, 320 kW of power) (cells from LG Chem/CATL)
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds (4.7 seconds to 60 mph)
  • dual motor all-wheel-drive
  • system output of 300 kW (408 hp) and 660 Nm (one 150 kW motor per axle)
  • fast charging 0-80% in 40 minutes (at up to 150 kW peak)
  • 11 kW three-phase on-board charger
  • weight of 2,150 to 2,250 kg (4,740-4,960 lbs) depending on version/equipment
  • cargo capacity of 413 liters + 31 in front trunk
  • maximum roof load: 165 pounds (75 kg) 
  • Towing capacity of up to 1,500 kg (3,307 lbs)
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