Volvo EM90 rolls off production line in China as rebadged Zeekr 009

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The Chinese Geely Group started the mass production of Volvo’s first minivan (MPV), the EM90. It is a rebadge of the Zeekr 009 multi-purpose vehicle. So far, the Volvo EM90 will be available only in China for 115K USD. It will start deliveries in March this year.

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Briefly on Volvo EM90

The Volvo EM90 was launched in China on November 12, 2023. It stands on the Geely’s SEA platform that underpins Polestar 4, Lotus Eletre and Emeya (it is slightly upgraded and called EPA), Jiyue 01, Smart #1, Smart #3, and every Zeekr model.

The EM90 dimensions are 5206/2024/1859 mm with a wheelbase of 3205 mm. It has six seats with a 2+2+2 layout and 21 Bowers & Wilkins speakers. The powertrain of the Volvo EM90 comprises a 200-kW electric motor on the rear axle powered by a 116-kWh battery for 738 km of CLTC range. In China, the starting price of the Volvo EM90 is 818,000 yuan (115K USD).

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Basically, the Volvo EM90 is a rebadged Zeekr 009 MPV with a polished interior and an adjusted exterior. However, the Zeekr’s minivan offers 4WD for 400 kW and a starting price of 500,000 yuan (70,400 USD). So, the EM90 gives customers less for a much higher price.

Volvo EM90 mass production

On February 6, the Volvo EM90 rolled off the production line, marking the start of the mass production. The Swedish automaker shared photos from the assembly line and stated that the Volvo EM90 accelerates the comprehensive electrification transformation of the brand.

The Geely’s Hangzhou Bay plant in China manufactures the Volvo EM90 alongside Zeekr 009, Zeekr 001, Zeekr 001 FR, Jiyue 01, and Polestar 4. This plant’s peak capacity reaches 300,000 per year. Last year, the Zeekr 001 electric liftback made 90% of its daily production rate. Now, the model line of this factory has become way more diverse.

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The Volvo EM90 is based on a Chinese car and is being assembled at a Chinese factory. So, its Swedish heritage is highly questionable. Anyway, Volvo plans to start the deliveries of the Volvo EM90 in March this year. There is no information about its overseas intentions.

Source: Volvo

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