The Volvo Automotive Group has signed long-term, “multi-billion greenback” offers with two main battery makers in Asia. In an announcement Wednesday, the automobile agency stated that the agreements with corporations CATL and LG Chem would guarantee a provide of lithium ion batteries for its subsequent era Volvo and Polestar fashions.
The offers chime with Volvo Vehicles’ wider technique to affect its automobiles. In 2017 the agency dedicated to making sure all new Volvo vehicles launched from 2019 can be electrified. As well as, it desires totally electrical vehicles to account for half of its international gross sales quantity by 2025.
“The way forward for Volvo Vehicles is electrical and we’re firmly dedicated to shifting past the inner combustion engine,” Hakan Samuelsson, the president and CEO of Volvo Vehicles, stated in a press release Wednesday.
“At present’s agreements with CATL and LG Chem display how we are going to attain our bold electrification goal,” he added.
CATL and LG Chem are Chinese language and South Korean companies respectively. A serious participant within the automotive sector, Volvo Vehicles was purchased by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding in 2010. The enterprise offered 642,253 vehicles final yr.
Talking to CNBC’s Squawk Field Europe on Wednesday, Samuelsson emphasised the significance of infrastructure being in place to help its dedication to electrical mobility.
“That’s actually going to resolve the tempo we now have within the transition,” he stated, happening so as to add that the “provide of batteries might be essential.”
Total, 408,000 plug-in automobile models had been offered throughout Europe in 2018, in line with evaluation from EV-Volumes.
In 2017, there have been greater than three million electrical and plug-in hybrid vehicles on the planet’s roads, in line with the Worldwide Power Company’s (IEA) World Electrical Automobiles Outlook. This represents a rise of 54 p.c in comparison with 2016.
Nearly 580,000 electrical vehicles had been offered in China in 2017, in line with the IEA, whereas round 280,000 had been offered within the U.S.