FIRST LOOK: Volvo EX30 – inside Volvo’s game-changing electric hatch | Electrifying

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This Volvo might be small, but it is going to be a big seller. The EX30 is aimed squarely at the big selling Kia Niro EV and Vauxhall Mokka Electric, but undercuts the cheapest Niro EV by £3,500 and the Mokka by more than £5,000.

The EX30 range will come with three different options: a Single Motor version with 270bhp and a 51kWh battery; a Single Motor Extended Range with 270bhp and a 69kWh battery; and a Twin Motor Performance with 424bhp and a 69kWh battery.

The standard-range battery uses lithium iron phosphate (LFP) chemistry, which is more cost-effective and less resource-intensive to produce. It is also thought to be less liable to degrade over time. However range is more limited and the official figure is 214 miles. So more affordable, less range. It’ll be perfect for those of us who do regular driving and can charge at home overnight.

The Single Motor Extended Range variant uses an NMC battery with lithium, nickel, manganese and cobalt, and produces its energy more efficiently than the LFP variant. More expensive but you get more range. The Twin Motor Performance version pairs that NMC battery with an additional second motor; and preliminary official figures are 298 miles for the Extended Range and 286 for the Twin Motor Performance.

Join Ginny as she takes a first look at the new Volvo EX30. Will this be a gamechanger in the small electric car market? Is the EX30 on your shortlist? Let us know in the comments below.


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