Ahead of Auto Shanghai, we had reports that Volvo would build its first all-electric vehicle in China. The Swedish automaker, owned by Chinese automaker Geely, has now officially confirmed at the show that the EV will be made in China using the company's Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), with a launch date of 2019.

Using that platform means that the first battery electric Volvo will be a small car. Volvo says it is also developing a battery electric vehicle on its Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which the company uses for its XC90, V90, and S90. In addition, the automaker plans to offer a plug-in hybrid version of every model it sells.

Volvo cites China's EV market and government pollution goals as fitting with the company's plans to build EVs in the country, where it currently has three factories. "Volvo Cars fully supports the Chinese government's call for cleaner air as outlined in the latest five-year plan," says Volvo executive Håkan Samuelsson. "It is fully in-line with our own core values of environmental care, quality, and safety. We believe that electrification is the answer to sustainable mobility." Launching its first all-electric car will help Volvo achieve its goal of selling a total of a million hybrids and EVs by 2025.

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