Volvo opens battery assembly line in Belgium

Posted on 20 Mar 2020 and read 427 times
Volvo opens battery assembly line in BelgiumEarlier this month, Volvo Cars formally inaugurated a new battery assembly line at its Belgian manufacturing plant in Ghent, where it will start building its first fully electric car — the XC40 Recharge P8 — later this year.

This is part of the company’s electrification strategy and its climate action plan, which is to reduce the life-cycle carbon footprint of every car by 40% between 2018 and 2025, as a first step towards becoming a climate-neutral company by 2040.

Over the next five years, Volvo Cars plans to launch a fully electric car every year, as it seeks to make all-electric cars 50% of its global sales by 2025 (with the rest hybrids). ‘Recharge’ will be the brand name for all chargeable Volvos with a fully electric or plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Over the coming years, battery assembly will become an important part of the company’s global manufacturing operations, as it continues to electrify its entire line-up.

Earlier this year, the company announced the planned construction of a battery assembly line at its US plant in South Carolina; construction is expected to start this autumn.

The company ( will also build battery electric vehicles at a Volvo-operated manufacturing plant in Luqiao (China), where Volvo cars based on the CMA platform are built alongside models with ‘similar underpinnings’ from sister brands Polestar and Lynk & Co.

Last year, Volvo Cars signed long-term supply agreements with two leading global battery suppliers — CATL of China and LG Chem of South Korea.

These agreements cover the supply of batteries over the coming decade for next-generation Volvo and Polestar models, including the XC40 Recharge P8.

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