Volvo Cars is working on an electric version of its luxury saloon, which will probably launch in 2025 as the ES90. According to media reports, the carmaker has already built the prototypes at its plant in Shanghai. Deliveries will kick off in mid-2025.
According to information from the specialized site motor.es, the Volvo ES90 will be based on the SPA2 platform and come with one or two electric motors. The battery will be rated at 111 kWh gross or 107 kWh net, allowing for a more than 600 kilometers range.
More room on offer
The electric version will be slightly larger than its ICE counterpart. It will be 3,5 cm longer, 6,5 cm wider, and over 10 cm higher. Looking at the increased height and a wheelbase that is also 7 cm more, the ES90 will offer more interior room. The all-wheel drive version of the ES90 weighs around 2 600 kg, and the single-engine variant is said to weigh 2,5 tons.
Internally, the project has V551 as its code name. The ES90 (with this name, likely) will be available in China and Europe, but its biggest market will probably be the US.
At least six BEVs
In February 2023, Volvo spoke of its intention to offer its S60 and S90 saloon models, also in all-electric form, to have a range of six electric models by 2026. The larger ones, like a possible ES60 and the currently mentioned ES90, will most likely be based on the SPA2 electric platform that underpins the coming Volvo EX90 and the Polestar 3.
According to motor.es, the new electric Volvo will go into production in the middle of 2024, but the carmaker will not hand over the first units to customers before mid-2025.
The Chinese-owned but still very Swedish car manufacturer has a decade-long tradition of building roomy and robust estates like the V60 and V90 of lately. Whether they will have electric successors is not sure yet.
We believe it could be interesting for Volvo to do so because SUVs are losing popularity, particularly in the bigger cities, and estates are silently building on a comeback. As aerodynamics is even more important for electric cars, the lower estates can offer a far better drag score than their bulky SUV stablemates.