Volvo EX30 is the brand’s most affordable electric SUV

  • Volvo Cars' smallest and most affordable EV, priced from USD 34,950
  • Targeted to deliver an EPA-est. range of up to around 275 miles
  • Will compete with urban EVs like the MINI Aceman and smart #1
  • Available to reserve now with a deposit of USD 500; first deliveries scheduled in Fall 2023

Volvo Cars has unveiled an electric SUV smaller than its 40 Series EVs – the Volvo EX30. The company is offering the EX30 in the U.S. right from day one. Here are the details we have about the new Volvo electric car for the American market.

Design

As Håkan Samuelsson, former President and CEO, Volvo Cars, said on the sidelines of the Volvo C40 launch in March 2021, the Volvo EX30 is “more streamlined” but still “high”, because “people really are fond of high seating positions.” It isn’t as squarish as other Volvo SUVs and has a softer roofline, aiding the aerodynamics that improve the range.

The front and rear fascias are heavily influenced by the Volvo EX90, evident from the headlamps and rear combination lamps. The headlamps could be the Ultimate Thor’s Hammer units, which are DRLs that roll up and slide back to theatrically present the main lights.

2024 Volvo EX30 front
The Volvo EX30 features the new Thor’s Hammer-like headlamps. Image Source: Volvo Cars

The nose section features a smooth, closed panel while the lower front fascia houses a slim and wide air intake. While the EX90 features ice-cube-shaped LED fog lights stacked vertically below the T-shaped, Thor’s Hammer-like headlamps, the EX30 appears to have a vertical air inlet in that area.

Volvo Cars has unintentionally revealed the side profile of the EX30 through a picture on its Swedish consumer website, which was captured by a reader before it was taken down. The EX30 bears a clear resemblance to the XC40 Recharge from this angle, with its squarish windows, sharp kick in the beltline on the rear doors, and concave surface in the lower area of the door panels. However, there are subtle differences that set it apart. The side mirrors have a sleeker design, the beltline has a curvier rise, and the roofline features a more dynamic slope.

2024 Volvo EX30 side profile
The Volvo EX30 has a strong SUV stance despite its small dimensions. Image Source: Volvo Cars

The pronounced wheel arches, muscular shoulder section, and large wheels give the EX30 a powerful stance. The wheels, in some designs, carry a funky design and a two-tone black and silver finish. They are available in 18-, 19-, and 20-inch sizes. The charging port is located right under a flap on the rear left-side wall of the EV.

The SUV’s hunched rear-end gives it a sporty and compact appearance. The combination lamps feature a vertical stripe on either side of the glass along with C-shaped lights, similar to the EX90. The future entry-level SUV’s combination lamps have an additional connecting strip at the bottom that is not present in the flagship model. It is likely that both upper connecting strips are reflectors.

Colors

Volvo Cars offers the EX30 in the U.S. in five colors, including two vibrant shades of yellow and blue:

  1. Vapor Grey
  2. Onyx Black
  3. Moss Yellow
  4. Crystal White
  5. Cloud Blue

Volvo EX30 Cross Country

For adventure-minded customers who want their Volvo EX30 to look and be more rugged, there’s a Cross Country version. The EX30 Cross Country has more ground clearance, 19-inch black wheels or 18-inch wheels with bespoke tires, exclusive skidplates, distinctive black panels on the front bumper and tailgate, Cross Country branding on the front doors, and a tiny, hood-mounted Swedish flag just above the left-side wheel arch.

In addition to more protection and more style, the Volvo EX30 Cross Country offers more versatility. For example, it has a roof rack that allows you to carry additional luggage or a spare tire. That is an optional feature, though.

Volvo EX30 Cross Country side profile
The EX30 Cross Country is more suited for customers who intend to drive it primarily in areas with poor roads, unpaved roads, and rough terrain. Image Source: Volvo Cars

Interior

The Volvo EX30 has Scandinavian vibes with a deep focus on functionality and minimalism. Volvo Cars has extensively used recycled, sustainably sourced materials.

The design and layout are more or less the same as the EX90, but there are some differences, too. The gear selector is the same steering column stalk, integrating the electronic parking brake on the side. Similarly, the touchscreen infotainment system is a big floating tablet, but it’s a smaller, 12.3-inch display. While the EX90 has an 8.0-inch driver display, the EX30 doesn’t have one. Moreover, instead of a proper circular steering wheel, it has a squarish unit, which looks a bit odd.

The Android Automotive OS-based touchscreen infotainment system packs all the essential Google apps and services, including Play Store, Google Maps, and Google Assistant. The EX30 features wireless Apple CarPlay functionality as well, and not that it should sound impressive in 2023, that too for a Volvo, but it’s the Swedish automaker’s first production with this feature. Connectivity options include 5G as well. A ‘calm’ layout reduces the information displayed on the touchscreen to essentials, allowing the driver to be more attentive. It’s particularly useful at night, when excessive information can strain the driver’s eyes during long drives.

Space

The glove compartment is beneath the central display, so even the driver can access it easily. The center console has a sliding system that allows adjusting its position as required. The front occupants can slide out the top of the cupholder to hold their coffee or smartphone or move it back for extra storage. The lower tunnel houses a secured storage area for small things like earbuds or sunglasses, and it’s possible to place a bag in the large open space above. If you need even more storage space, there’s a hidden compartment under the SUV’s load floor.

Rear passengers can access a storage box that slides out from beneath the center console. The outboard occupants can put their phones in dedicated pockets in the front seatbacks. Inside the tailgate, like in the EX90, a size guide has been included that can prove to be handy when customers are out to buy furniture or some other big object and are unsure whether that will fit in the EX30.

Colors and materials

Customers can specify their EX30’s interior in one of four distinct ‘rooms,’ which is a combination of different deco and upholstery. One of the upholstery options is Nordico, created from textiles consisting of recycled material such as PET bottles, as well as bio-attributed material from responsibly-managed Swedish and Finnish forests. Volvo Cars offers premium upholstery in a wool blend as well. It’s noteworthy that the company is going leather-free.

Volvo Cars has used recycled and renewable materials for the EV’s dashboard, seats, and doors. These include denim, flax, and a wool blend that contains approximately 70% recycled polyester. By repurposing fibers that would have otherwise gone to waste during the denim recycling process, Volvo Cars has found an innovative way to incorporate them into the car’s interior decor. About 17% of the EV’s plastics (incl. the plastics used for the exterior) are recycled, and that’s the highest percentage in any Volvo model to date.

Room\DetailUpholsteryDecor panelsAir vent decor
BreezePixel Knit & NordicoParticleBlue
MistTailored Wool BlendFlaxTransparent
PineWool Blend & NordicoFlaxTransparent
IndigoTextile & NordicoDenimBlue

Safe Space Technology

The Volvo EX30 has a raft of safety features as part of what Volvo Cars calls Safe Space Technology. One of these is Door Opening Alert, aimed at increasing safety for cyclists. It warns the occupant who’s opening the vehicle’s door if there’s a cyclist or other traffic user approaching from behind who could get hurt by it.

A new Advanced Driver Alert System is standard. In addition to checking whether the driver has their hands on the steering wheel, this system detects their eye and face movements, at the rate of around 13 times per second. A new Intersection Auto Brake feature stops the car to mitigate or avoid a collision when another car crosses the EX30’s path in front unexpectedly.

There are plenty of passive safety features, too. A far-side airbag on the inside of the driver’s seat has been developed to protect the driver from head and thorax injuries in the case of a side impact.

Platform

The Volvo EX30 is underpinned by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group’s dedicated EV platform called ‘Sustainable Experience Architecture,’ or ‘SEA’ in short. The Chinese conglomerate owns the Volvo Car Group which controls the Volvo and Polestar brands.

Geely Volvo SEA2 platform
Sustainable Experience Architecture is the world’s first open-source EV architecture and is designed for a global 5-star safety standard. Image: ZGH

Kent Bovellan, head of advanced vehicle architectures at Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, discussed the SEA platform with Malaysian media in 2021, as per reported by Paultan. Bovellan revealed that SEA will have five versions spread across vehicle segments:

  1. SEA1 – D-segment (mid-size vehicles), E-segment (executive vehicles), and F-segment (full-size vehicles)
  2. SEA2 – B-segment (sub-compact vehicles), C-segment (compact vehicles), D-segment (mid-size vehicles)
  3. SEA Entry (SEA-E) – A-segment (city cars) and budget vehicles
  4. SEA Sport (SEA-S) – Sporty vehicles
  5. SEA Commercial (SEA-C) – Commercial vehicles weighing 3.5-5.5 tonnes

The EX30 probably rides on the SEA2 platform, which spawned the smart #01 electric SUV, another B-segment model, in April 2022. smart is Mercedes and Geely’s urban mobility brand. Automakers can use the SEA2 platform to develop EVs with a wheelbase ranging between 2,650 and 2,900 mm.

Specifications

Dimensions & capacities

2024 Volvo EX30 front charging
The Volvo EX30 does have a frunk, but with just 7 liters of volume, it’s not much of use. Image Source: Volvo Cars

The Volvo EX30 is the smallest SUV the Volvo Cars has ever built. However, thanks to the SEA platform, has excellent space packaging. It should be much more spacious than, say, the upcoming Alfa Romeo 966 EV (Jeep Avenger Electric sibling), which should be a close competitor.

The Volvo EX30 measures 4,233 mm (166.7 in.) in length, 1,837 mm (72.3 in.) in width, and 1,549 mm (61.0 in.) in height. It has a 2,650 mm (104.3 in.) wheelbase and a 165 mm (6.5 in.) ground clearance. It offers 400 liters (14.1 cu. ft.) of cargo volume behind the rear seats. Folding down the rear seats expands the luggage space to 904 liters (32.0 cu. ft.). There’s a frunk, too, but it’s very small, with 7 liters (0.2 cu. ft.) of volume.

Dimension/CapacityMeasurement
Length4,233 mm (166.7 in.)
Width1,837 mm (72.3 in.)
Height1,549 mm (61.0 in.)
Wheelbase2,650 mm (104.3 in.)
Drag Coefficient0.28 Cd
Turning Circle (curb to curb)10.6 m (34.8 ft.)
Ground Clearance165 mm (6.5 in.)
Water Wading Depth500 mm (19.7 in.)
Headroom (front/rear)1,058 mm (41.7 in.)/974 mm (38.3 in.)
Shoulder Room (front/rear)1,400 mm (55.1 in.)/1,346 mm (53.0 in.)
Leg Room (front/rear)1,063 mm (41.9 in.)/821 mm (32.3 in.)
Hip Room (front/rear)1,379 mm (54.3 in.)/1,175 mm (46.3 in.)
Luggage Volume400 l (14.1 cu. ft.)/904 l (31.9 cu. ft.)
Frunk Volume7 l (0.2 cu. ft.)
2024 Volvo EX30 dimensions and capacities (Source: Volvo Cars)

Performance & range

Performance

Globally, the Volvo EX30 is available in Single Motor, Single Motor Extended Range, and Twin Motor Performance power-electric configurations, and while Volvo Cars has mentioned all of them in the spec sheet for the U.S., it hasn’t included them in the local launch announcement or on the local consumer website. We’ll refer to them by their internal names, which are EM, EL, and EK, respectively, for your ease of reading.

The EX30 EM has one motor, mounted at the rear and producing 268 hp and 253 lb.-ft. of torque. It takes 5.4 seconds for a 0-60 mph sprint and it can achieve a top speed of 112 mph. It can tow up to 1,000 kg (2,205 lbs.). The EX30 EM, even though included in the U.S. spec sheet, doesn’t seem to be a part of the launch plan.

The EX30 EL has the same powertrain as the EX30 EM, but it accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. Moreover, it offers a significantly higher towing capacity of 1,400 kg (3,086 lbs.). Even the range is considerably higher, but we’ll get to that in a minute. The top speed is the same – 112 mph.

2024 Volvo EX30 charging
The Volvo EX30 should deliver an EPA-est. range of up to ~275 miles. Image Source: Volvo Cars

The EX30 EK adds a front motor and offers an all-wheel drive drivetrain layout. Its two motors generate 422 hp and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. The range-topping EX30 can tow an even more – 1,600 kg (3,527 lbs.).

A 0 to 60 mph sprint in the EX30 EK takes just 3.4 seconds. That makes it quicker than the Tesla Model Y Performance, which takes 3.5 seconds for the same. However, the Volvo will be in the Tesla’s rear-view mirrors soon after. The EX30 EK maxes out at 112 mph, while the Model Y Performance can keep going until 155 mph. Then again, the Tesla is a two-segment higher and much pricier EV, so it’s like comparing apples with oranges. Our point is, this Volvo offers a solid punch for a model of its class.

Range

The EX30 EM has a 49 kWh lithium iron phosphate battery pack and its targeted EPA-est. range is ~200 miles. It allows charging at up to 11 kW with alternating current and up to 134 kW with direct current.

With an 11 kW AC charger connected to a single-phase connection, the 49 kWh battery pack can be fully charged (0-100%) as quickly as 9.5 hours. A three-phase connection can reduce that time to 6.5 hours. Using a DC fast-charger, a 10-80% charging session takes as little as 26 minutes. We’ll repeat again that this base configuration of the EX30 probably won’t be available in the U.S. when sales commence, and it hasn’t been confirmed for a later release either.

The EX30 EL and EX30 EK share a 64 kWh lithium nickel manganese cobalt battery pack and their targeted EPA-est. range figures are ~275 miles and ~265 miles, respectively. It’s possible to charge this battery pack at up to 22 kW with alternating current and up to 153 kW with direct current.

Using a 22 kW AC charger connected to a single-phase connection, the 64 kWh battery pack can be charged from 0 to 100% in as little as 11.5 hours. A three-phase connection can lower that time to 4.0 hours. Using a DC fast-charger, a 10-80% charging session takes as little as 26.5 minutes.

Aspect\SpecificationVolvo EX30 Single Motor (EM)Volvo EX30 Single Motor Extended Range (EL)Volvo EX30 Twin Motor Performance (EK)
Drivetrain LayoutRWDRWDAWD
Power268 hp268 hp422 hp
Torque253 lb.-ft.253 lb.-ft.400 lb.-ft.
0-60 mph Acceleration Time5.4 seconds5.1 seconds3.4 seconds
Top Speed112 mph112 mph112 mph
Towing Capacity1,000 kg (2,205 lbs.)1,400 kg (3,086 lbs.)1,600 kg (3,527 lbs.)
Battery Pack TypeLithium Iron Phosphate (LFP)Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC)Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC)
Battery Pack Capacity (Net/Gross)49 kWh/51 kWh64 kWh/69 kWh64 kWh/69 kWh
Targeted EPA-est. Range~200 miles~275 miles~265 miles
Peak AC Charging Input11 kW22 kW22 kW
Lowest AC Charging Time (0-100%)9.5 hours (single-phase connection)/6.0 hours (three-phase connection)11.5 hours (single-phase connection)/4.0 hours (three-phase connection)11.5 hours (single-phase connection)/4.0 hours (three-phase connection)
Peak DC Charging Input134 kW153 kW153 kW
Lowest C Charging Time (10-80%)26 minutes26.5 minutes26.5 minutes
Volvo EX30 performance and range (Source: Volvo Cars)

Price & Release Date

Volvo Cars has started accepting EX30 reservations in the U.S. for a USD 500 deposit and will likely commence deliveries in late 2023. Prices start at USD 34,950, and this figure applies to the Single Motor Extended Range (EL) variant.

Volvo Cars has stated a targeted EPA-est. range for the globally available Single Motor (EM), and if it does release in the U.S. at some point, the starting price could be lower, at just under USD 30,000. In Sweden, where the EX30 EM in the same grade (Core) as the EX30 EL is ~14% cheaper, with the former retailing at SEK 429,000 and the latter priced at SEK 489,000.

In Sweden and many other markets, Volvo Cars is offering the EX30 on a subscription basis as well. In the U.S., the company may begin offering EX30 subscriptions in 2024, once production increases and availability improves.

The Volvo EX30 Cross Country will become available to order and enter production in 2024. Its deliveries should begin the same year, and its prices could be announced closer to that time.

Production

During Volvo Cars’ Q4 2022 and CY2022 earnings conference call on February 9, 2023, President and CEO Jim Rowan revealed that production of EX30 will begin by the end of 2023. During the company’s half-year 2021 financial results presentation, Samuelsson had indicated that the manufacturing of the Volvo EX30 would take place in China.

Regarding timing, we’ve said the next new electric car is really the successor of our SUV flagship. That’s the first one; after that, there will be a smaller SUV, and that’s what we’re talking about here. It’s very likely it will be made in China, yes.

Håkan Samuelsson, former President and CEO, Volvo Car Group (Volvo Car Group half-year financial results, 2021)

Competitors & strategy

The EX30 will be a “big part” of the company’s targeted 1.2 million annual sales volume, which it expects to achieve by 2025, Rowan told Automotive News Europe. The company will be able to reach a new price demographic with this model, he added.

The list of competitors includes the upcoming MINI Aceman and the smart #1. If it goes as planned, Volvo’s electric vehicles will account for 50% of global sales from no later than 2025, for the Swedish brand. By 2030, that number would change to 100% as the company will stop selling thermal-engined vehicles at the end of the decade.

TopElectricSUV says

The EX30 is a decent choice for young customers in urban areas, including new drivers, looking for a premium SUV that’s safe, sustainable, and stylish, and offers many advanced technologies for connectivity, comfort, and convenience, for an affordable monthly payment.

Volvo EX30 FAQs

What is the Volvo EX30 release date?

The Volvo EX30 is will start arriving at U.S. dealerships in Fall 2023.

Which models are the Volvo EX30 rivals?

The Volvo EX30 rivals cars like the MINI Aceman and and the smart #1.

What is the Volvo EX30 range?

The maximum targeted EPA-est. range of the EX30 is about 275 miles.

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