Volvo has unveiled its latest offering, the Volvo EX30, and it’s creating quite a buzz in the electric vehicle (EV) market. With a starting price of just $34,950, it positions itself as one of the most budget-friendly modern EVs available. Not only does it offer affordability, but the EX30 also boasts a beautiful interior designed with simplicity and sustainability in mind. Despite its compact size, the cabin maximizes space utilization, ensuring a comfortable driving experience. However, one drawback to consider is the range, which stands at 275 miles for the single-motor variant and 265 miles for the dual-motor version.

As Volvo’s fourth electric vehicle, the EX30 sets a new benchmark for affordability without compromising on technology. Equipped with Volvo’s standard safety features, the EX30 provides peace of mind to its occupants. The center console features a single 12.3-inch touchscreen, similar to the Tesla Model 3, replacing the need for a dedicated instrument cluster. Additionally, a sleek sound bar stretches across the dash, adding a touch of elegance.

For weeks, Volvo has been teasing the EX30, emphasizing its lower CO2 footprint and smart Scandinavian design, which are integral to its appeal. The vehicle incorporates Volvo’s industry-leading safety technology, including a driver alert system that detects distractions and fatigue. It also includes a collision detection system and an innovative feature that identifies cyclists before an occupant opens a door. Volvo’s Pilot Assist aids drivers with lane changes, overtaking slower vehicles, and even parallel parking, further enhancing the driving experience.

Despite its compact size, the Volvo EX30 utilizes space effectively. Measuring just 166.7 inches in length, it is comparable to the outgoing Chevy Bolt, but smaller than the Volvo XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge models. Its internal capacity, however, surpasses that of the Tesla Model 3, offering up to 31.9 cu. ft. of cargo space compared to the Model 3’s 22.9 cu. ft.

Built on Geely’s Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA), the EX30 offers two powertrain options. The Single Motor variant provides rear-wheel drive with a range of 275 miles. With a single motor, the EX30 achieves a 0-60 mph time of 5.1 seconds and produces 253 lbs-ft of torque. Alternatively, the Twin Motor option adds all-wheel drive capability, sacrificing a bit of range with 265 miles, but gaining an impressive 0-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds, thanks to an additional 154 electric horsepower. Both options utilize a 64.0-kWh battery, which can be recharged from 10 to 80 percent in just 27 minutes using a DC fast charger.

Pre-orders for the Volvo EX30 are now available in the United States, starting at $34,950. Deliveries are expected to begin in the summer of 2024. It’s worth noting that as the EX30 is assembled in Geely’s China facilities, it may not be eligible for the US federal EV tax credit, unless Volvo has undisclosed plans to manufacture it at their South Carolina plant. However, Volvo promises more options in the future, including mid-level Plus and loaded Ultimate trims. Furthermore, a Cross Country variant is set to launch in late 2024, featuring increased ground clearance and rugged elements for those seeking an adventurous driving experience.