CHARLESTON, S.C. — Volvo Cars has a new electric vision for its U.S. assembly plant in South Carolina.
The factory, opened three years ago, will become the company's first all-electric vehicle assembly plant, executives told Automotive News last week. And it will be the cornerstone of the Swedish automaker's ambitious plan to become an EV-only brand by 2030.
The 2.3-million-square-foot operation in Ridgeville, an hour northwest of Charleston, will be the "first company factory in the world building our all-new-generation all-electric cars — before Europe and before China," Volvo Cars CEO Hakan Samuelsson said. "This factory will ... also be the only plant in the Volvo Group which only makes full-electric cars."