Breaking ground on our first

American factory

On September 25, 2015, Volvo Cars broke ground on its first US plant in Ridgeville, Berkeley County, South Carolina. The plant is the production home of the all new S60 mid-size sedan, and it will produce the next generation XC90 sport utility vehicle around 2022. With the two car lines, the plant has the capacity to produce up to 150,000 cars annually.
The American-built S60s are exported around the world through the Port of Charleston.

The plant, which employs nearly 1,500 people, sits on 1,600 acres. The 2.3 million sq. ft. facility includes a body shop, paint shop, final assembly, a vehicle processing center and an office building.

Volvo Car Group set a new sales record in 2018 and this marked the fifth consecutive year of growth. Demand for the award winning range of SUVs is driving this growth along with a completely renewed range of sedans and wagons.  
According to an economic impact analysis conducted by the College of Charleston, for an initial 2,000 people Volvo Cars employs, more than 8,000 total jobs would be created as a result. By 2022, Volvo Cars will create about $5 billion in economic activity in the state and support around 9,000 jobs paying $500 million in income and benefits annually. Production will add an estimated $100 million in state and local taxes annually.
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Key Plant Milestones:
Broke ground in September 2015
Started construction in January 2016
Moved into the plant in late 2017
Revealed the all new S60 and officially opened the plant in June 2018
S60 production began in August 2018
S60 exports began in March 2019
Main office campus and Volvo Car University opens in late 2019
XC90 production begins in 2022
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Volvo is committed to being a world-class leader in 

Environmental performance

We have always been about safety, and we are equally committed to the environment. We continue to innovate to improve our footprint - just one example is our cleaner, more efficient Drive-E powertrains.  
We also care about your personal environment, too. With our climate control systems, the air inside a Volvo is often much cleaner than the air outside. 
As we build our new plant and our business operations in the U.S., we commit to establish and maintain an effective environmental management system that extends further than just meeting the stated environmental legality, and that encompasses integrity and the integration of sound environmental practices in all of our business decisions. 
We promise to:
• Comply with all environmental laws and regulations 
• Implement effective pollution prevention systems that protect the air, land and water 
• Conserve natural resources, by reducing, reusing and recycling materials

At Volvo, we understand sustainability as responsible corporate behavior that leads to long-term business success and is in harmony with the environment and society.  

Core values

At Volvo, everything we do starts with people. So our mission to make people’s lives easier, safer and better is something that comes naturally to us. It’s the Volvo way.

Today, we’re still as focused as ever on our three core values: safety, quality and care for the environment.

Protecting what’s important. Making people feel special. And taking pride in helping the world become a better place for all.

South Carolina US Volvo factory

About Volvo Cars

The first Volvo rolled off the production line in Gothenburg way back in 1927 and we’ve been creating world-changing innovations ever since. We’re also a global brand with manufacturing in Sweden, Belgium and China, and now proud to say the United States. Volvo Car Group produces a premium range of cars that includes sedans, wagons, sportswagons, cross country cars and SUVs. Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) is owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding (Geely Holding) and is based in Gothenburg, Sweden.
It’s true that everything we do starts with people, and we’re very proud of the great personalities that have made Volvo Cars what it is, from our 1927 founders Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larson, through to designer Pelle Petterson, who designed the iconic P1800.
South Carolina US Volvo factory
South Carolina US Volvo factory

Decades of innovation

Some of our innovations have literally changed the  world—ever since Nils Bohlin introduced the three-point safety belt in 1959, an estimated one million lives have been saved. And our ‘Lambda Sond,’ which reduced harmful emissions by 90%, now graces nearly every car in the world.

Responsibility and commitment

Responsibility is an integral part of Volvo's corporate identity. As such, corporate sustainability is firmly anchored in our entire manufacturing process and extends far beyond the footprint of this plant.

At Volvo Cars, our investment is a measure of our commitment to the state of South Carolina. Our strong commitment to the communities in South Carolina will bring quality jobs, revenue generation, and investment to the state and will help lay the foundation for an even brighter future.

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Being a good neighbor

To guide our entry into the Lowcountry’s neighboring communities, we’ve partnered with local community leaders from Berkeley, Dorchester and Charleston Counties to build strong, sustainable, mutually beneficial relationships between Volvo Cars and our neighbors both now and into the future. These leaders serve as our community advisory group, representing the environment, education, residents and small businesses.They will also help shape the way we invest in our communities here in the Lowcountry.