Electric technology is the future. Well the most evident reason is environmental protection, reduction in greenhouse gasses, and cleaner air. As Volvo commits to a cleaner environment, they have decided to base their electric car program in China; recently plagued by some of the worst ambient air quality in the world. Volvo, made this announcement at the Auto Shanghai event, and further embossed it by adding that the all electric car will be exported globally from its China factories starting 2019.
Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) for smaller cars is going to be the base platform for the electric offering. Using China as a tactical base for this project underlies the growing importance and sophistication that China has been able to demonstrate in electric technologies and manufacturing innovation.
China is incidentally also the largest buyer for electrified cars and has an ambition plan to steer the market towards fully electric and hybrid cars in the coming years. Pollution control and cleaner air in Chinese cities are definitely some of the biggest drivers.
Speaking to the media, Håkan Samuelsson, chief executive of Volvo Cars, said “Volvo Cars fully supports the Chinese government’s call for cleaner air as outlined in the latest five-year plan. It is fully in-line with our own core values of environmental care, quality and safety.”
Looking into the future, Volvo, has plans to sell a total of one million electrified cars by 2025. This includes fully electric cars as well as hybrids. This is an aggressive forecast for an industry that is sometimes under fire and currently undergoing a lot of change. Needless to say, Volvo has lead the environmental sustainability discussion in the automotive domain. Recyclable parts, safety, and now an added focus on electric mobility, are definitely a core element of the Volvo brand in the future.
Electric technologies and sustainable mobility is a direction that most automotive companies are evaluating or already committing to. The larger challenge for fully electric mobility will continue to be the support infrastructure. Consumer adaptation will be seamless when range of mobility is not limited by recharge downtime and battery charge. The investment in electric infrastructure needs to be established with the same sense of urgency as the mobility solutions.