Despite the increasing popularity of electric vehicles over the last couple of years, certain segments of the vehicle market are not addressed in North America. Minivans are among them, even though firms such as Mercedes-Benz have created minivans with electric motors for different markets. Ford, however, is currently working on an electric passenger vehicle here in the US although it’s not the same as a minivan targeted at consumers who are not a part of the.
It appears that Volvo is entering the action, revealing an image teaser this week for a car that will bear the 2024 Volvo EM90 badge. The car is expected to be sold in China at the end of September but isn’t likely to launch outside of the Middle Kingdom.
2024 Volvo EM90 Review
In a sense, Volvo’s parent company has already seen an electric minivan in the unveiling of its Zeekr 009 model for 2022. The luxurious electric vehicle developed under one of Geely’s newest models will come with a selection of 116 as well as 140-kWh power packs with a range of 436 and 511 miles, respectively. They can be described as CLTC cycle estimates and they’re a little more optimistic than what we’d like to hear from the EPA if they would decide to test one of these estimates in the first place.
However, full-charge ranges aren’t always the only cards that Zeekr 009 holds. With dual motors, the Zeekr version can boast 536 horsepower and 505 lb-ft torque, which allows it to go from zero to 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds. (Yes, the previous paragraph was actually about the minivan).
When it is revealed that the 2024 Volvo EM90 is revealed in full in November, we’re expecting to see the same numbers, as well as seating for seven or six. The second row of the minivan will likely have two captain’s chairs with sliding doors and the middle row of passengers is expected to be connected via a 15.6-inch screen. The third row will include an open bench that can be accessed via the sliding doors that are on either side.
So far, Volvo plans to offer the 2024 Volvo EM90 only in China which is where the premium minivan has been a hit for more than two decades. However, sales outside of China are an issue, given that the 116- and 140-kWh batteries can be expensive. Minivans with internal combustion engines that are sold in mass-market markets across North America and Europe also have a specific price threshold in the category of family cars, not including different luxury conversions, therefore an electric vehicle that is priced high and has the Volvo badge is likely not to entice repeat EV buyers or even repeat minivan purchasers.
2024 Volvo EM90 Release Date & Price
Do not expect Volvo’s very first people mover to be inexpensive either. If the massive battery packs were not enough to warrant a caution its Zeekr relationship starts at an equivalent of AUD$107,000 in China to AUD$126,000 for its longer-range model. Rivals that are available in Australia include the completely electronic LDV Mifa 9 (from $104,000) as well as the Mercedes-Benz e-Vito Tourer (from $116,115) However, in terms of luxurious vans concerned it is the electric Lexus LM (from $160,888) is also a potential threat.
We’ll know more details at the unveiling of the 2024 Volvo EM90 on November 1, but for the moment Volvo Australia has been contacted to provide a statement on the possibility of the right-hand-drive model going Down Under in the future. If you’re keeping track the EM90 is the brand new electric Volvo third in the plan of the brand (not including the released XC40 as well as C40) and also includes EX90 large SUV as well as the EX30 smaller SUV. Also, we can expect an upgrade for the XC60 mid-sized model shortly, which will give us an additional EV and leave an unknown model until 2026.