Volvo has revealed the EX30, an all-new compact electric SUV. The OEM designed the vehicle to have the smallest carbon footprint across its line-up to date, while bringing safety, convenience, and enhanced technologies to the user experience. Among these technologies are a single-screen UX and Google built-in, as well as the latest version of Volvo’s infotainment system.
Starting at $34,950, the EX30 offers customers the choice between three powertrain options and two different battery types. A single-motor option with an LFP battery is tailored for driving shorter distances in urban settings. The battery leverages lithium iron phosphate chemistry – enabling a reduction in cost while being less resource-intensive to produce. The Single Motor Extended Range variant with an NMC extended-range battery features lithium, nickel, manganese, and cobalt, offers up to 275 miles (442 km) of range and produces energy more efficiently than the LFP variant. Sitting at the top of the range is the Twin Motor Performance variant, which combines the NMC battery with a second electric motor, enabling 428 hp (315 kW) of power and 0 – 62 mph (0 – 100 km/h) in 3.6 seconds.
In addition to these variants, the EX30 will also be available in a Cross Country guise in 2024 – with production expected to start later that year. Volvo confirmed that it will come with a range of bespoke features, including added ground clearance, 19-inch black wheels and the option of 18-inch wheels with bespoke tires.
Regarding the EX30’s battery, Volvo confirmed that the Twin Motor Performance variant has a charging capacity of up to 153 kW, while its standard-range counterpart has a capacity of 134 kW. This allows for the battery to be recharged from 10% to 80% in around 25 minutes. Corresponding apps for the vehicle’s infotainment system and the user’s smartphone allow users to set the amperage, maximum charging level, and the time when they want charging to begin.
Supporting the EX30’s key driving capabilities is a suite of safety features. Among these is a feature that detects cyclists, scooters, or runners and alerts the user of their presence – preventing accidents as a result. A new Park Pilot Assistant identifies any available parking spots around the vehicle. The user then chooses which space they would like to park in, through a new 3D UI, before the feature independently operates the throttle, brake, and steering under the user’s supervision.
Further convenience features include a standard digital key functionality, built on UWB and CCC industry standards, and compatible with a range of smartphones. A dedicated smartphone app contains a variety of vehicle-related services, including charging and finding the vehicle’s location as well as remote locking and heating.