Volvo EX30 unveiled as an affordable and compact electric SUV

Volvo has unveiled the latest addition to their electric vehicle (EV) lineup. The Volvo EX30 is the automaker’s fourth fully electric model and is a compact and affordable electric SUV.

With a starting price of $34,950USD, the EX30 is available for pre-order now in the US, with deliveries slated to begin in the summer of 2024. Volvo says this puts the EX30 at a similar price point to its internal combustion engine counterparts. Unfortunately no pricing or dates for a Canadian release have been published, with the automaker only saying orders will “open in other markets at a later stage.”

Volvo highlighted the size of the EX30 with its launch, with the compact SUV measuring 166.6 inches (4,233 millimeters) in length, 72.3 inches (1,837 mm) in width, and 61.2 inches (1,555 mm) in height, with a wheelbase of 104.3 inches (2,650 mm), making it smaller than their other electric SUV, the XC40.

To achieve a more affordable price, the EX30 comes in a variety of powertrain options and battery types. For city drivers without the need for much range, there is a single-motor variant equipped with a lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery providing 214 miles (344km) of range. If that’s not enough you can opt for the Single Motor Extended Range model has a NMC battery comprised of lithium, nickel, manganese, and cobalt, providing a range of up to 298 miles (480km) on a full charge.

There is also a top-of-the-line model of the EX30 with dual motors and all-wheel drive. This variant delivers 428 horsepower and can accelerates from zero to 62 mph in a mere 3.6 seconds, making it the fastest accelerating vehicle ever produced by Volvo.

Charging the EX30 is is just as quick, with the extended-range variant capable of charging from 10 to 80 percent in just over 25 minutes.

In line with Volvo’s sustainability goals, the EX30 is designed to have the lowest carbon footprint of any Volvo car to date. By reducing emissions across production and the vehicle’s lifecycle, Volvo says it has achieved a carbon footprint of less than 30 tonnes over 200,000 km of driving.

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