Skip advert
Advertisement

Volvo targets range of 621 miles for EVs by 2030

Rapid-charging tech in Volvo models will be twice as fast by the middle of the decade, brand claims

Volvo battery tech

Volvo has announced it is partnering with Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt to develop ultra energy-dense lithium-ion battery packs for its next generation of models. 

The improvements will be seen in what the company calls its ‘second generation’ of electric cars, which will open with the launch of the next XC90. It will be built on an entirely electric platform capable of bi-directional charging, allowing owners to return electricity to the grid.

By the middle of the 2020s, the company will begin the launch of its ‘third-generation’ electric vehicles, which will be built with full integration of the battery into the floor of the car, acting as a structure for improved chassis stiffness and weight saving, for further efficiency. 

Advertisement - Article continues below

The company also claims that it expects charging times to be cut in half by the middle of the decade as well, thanks to improving charging technology and battery thermal management. 

As an example, a Polestar 2 Long Range takes around 40 minutes to charge to 80 per cent at its maximum 150kW rate, so a 20-minute window to top up for long-range EVs with large batteries is likely the target for four years from now. 

Volvo’s partnership with Northvolt has long-term goals; the company has announced it is targeting an improvement of 50 per cent in energy density for battery cells by the end of the decade. This would enable electric Volvo vehicles using Northvolt technology to travel up to 1,000km, or 621 miles, on a single charge.

Furthermore, the cells developed with Northvolt will be produced using 100 per cent renewable energy, while the partnership will extend to battery recycling operations, too. 

Volvo’s Chief Technology Officer Henrik Green said, “By simplifying the design and integration of our battery cells, we can reduce weight and maximise space, allowing for considerable improvements in battery capacity, range and charging times.”

Click here for our list of the best electric cars on sale right now...

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

Best new cars coming in 2024
Best new cars coming in 2024 - header image
Best cars & vans

Best new cars coming in 2024

There are some big new models from the likes of BMW, Citroen, Dacia, Ford, MINI, Skoda and more on the way in 2024
23 Jul 2024
New electric cars coming soon: the fresh EVs of 2024 and beyond
Future electric cars - header image
Best cars & vans

New electric cars coming soon: the fresh EVs of 2024 and beyond

The EV explosion has brought a huge range of choice to the market already but it’s only going to get bigger in the coming months
4 Jul 2024
Car safety: Volvo shifts focus to crash avoidance
Volvo crash test
News

Car safety: Volvo shifts focus to crash avoidance

We witness Swedish brand crash test its newest electric vehicles and find out what the next step is for automotive safety
30 May 2024
Renault and Volvo to create ‘revolutionary’ next-generation Flexis electric vans
Volvo and Renault Flexis van range
News

Renault and Volvo to create ‘revolutionary’ next-generation Flexis electric vans

The companies will work together to create a family of electric vans based on an EV-dedicated skateboard platform
4 Apr 2024

Most Popular

The arrival of sub-£20k electric cars can't come soon enough
Opinion - Citroen e-C3
Opinion

The arrival of sub-£20k electric cars can't come soon enough

Mike Rutherford thinks that pure electric cars are still struggling to win over the hearts and minds of buyers
21 Jul 2024
Best small SUVs to buy 2024
Best small SUVs - header image
Best cars & vans

Best small SUVs to buy 2024

There's a huge range of small SUVs out there, so we’ve picked out the very best
22 Jul 2024
New Kia Sportage facelift caught on camera at the Nurburgring
Kia Sportage facelift spyshot 1
News

New Kia Sportage facelift caught on camera at the Nurburgring

Kia’s big-selling mid-size SUV is about to get a makeover for 2025
19 Jul 2024