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Volvo Ghenting Started on Batteries at New Plant

Volvo has just announced the startup of its latest and brand-new battery assembly line. The Belgian factory is part of the same manufacturing plant that will build the XC40 Recharge P8, the first fully-electric Volvo, starting later this year.

“I am pleased to celebrate this momentous occasion with our employees here in Ghent,” said Geert Bruyneel, head of global production operations. “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.”

Volvo plans to introduce a fully-electric vehicle each year for the next five years, on a path to try and make EVs account for 50 percent of global sales by 2025, with the rest hybrids. Volvo has big plans for climate action, aiming to reduce the lifecycle carbon footprint of its vehicles by 40 percent between 2018 and 2025 and be “climate-neutral” by 2025.

The Swedish automaker is also planning a battery assembly plant at its U.S. facility in Charleston, SC, with construction there expected to start in the fall. Volvo will build EVs at a facility in Luqiao, China, as well, where CMA-platform models are built along with cars from Polestar and Lynk & Co.

Volvo’s battery cells will be supplied by CATL of China and LG Chem of South Korea, with agreements with those companies covering the next-generation of Volvo and Polestar vehicles.

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