Volvo Cars has opened its first dedicated battery assembly line at its manufacturing plant in Ghent, Belgium.
The addition marks the Ghent plant as the first in Volvo’s history to receive a dedicated production line for batteries, affirming the brand’s commitment to its electric future.
The Ghent plant is seen as a proof of concept and will be used to trial processes that will be rolled out to other manufacturing sites to improve efficiency.
“As the first of our plants to get a battery assembly line, Ghent plays a pioneering role as we continue to prepare our manufacturing network for electrification, Volvo spokesperson Geert Bruyneel said.
Volvo’s increased production capacity for electric vehicles (EV) also coincides with preparations for the marque’s first full-electric model, the XC40 Recharge P8 due in Australia in 2020, and other future electric offerings.
The Swedish carmaker plans to have all-electric models account for 50 per cent of its sales by 2025, with its entire fleet featuring full-electric or hybrid powertrains.
A recent report suggested new C40 and XC100 models will also feature electric options.
In 2019, Volvo signed a supply agreement with battery suppliers CATL of China and LG Chem of South Korea.
Volvo will also build electrified vehicles based on its CMA platform at its plant in Luqiao, China. The brand’s performance electric subsidiary Polestar also produces cars at the plant.