Volvo revealed the design for China on Thursday along with the announcement of its first fully electric minivan.

The EM90, a future vehicle developed by a Swedish automaker, is said to be designed to maximise time spent inside the vehicle, “like a Scandinavian living home on the go.”

The Zeekr 009 MPV, which seats six people and is the first vehicle in the world to use CATL’s cell-to-pack battery technology, is anticipated to have a close relationship with the Volvo EM90. The 009 claims to have a drag coefficient of just.27, can reach 60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds, and is equipped with cutting-edge Mobileye-based driver-assistance safety technology. Zhejiang Geely Keeping of China owns Volvo Autos, and Zeekr is a brand name connected to that company.

2023 Zeekr 009

Driving range is a Zeekr 009 strength thanks in part to battery technology, with CLTC-cycle numbers up to 511 miles likely translating to something similar to 400 EPA miles assuming Volvo keeps the same battery technology and considers U.S. sales.

The luxury van debuts at a time when Volvo is abandoning its plans for some markets to use sedans. For instance, it recently decided to discontinue all sedans in the UK, while it hasn’t yet announced a similar change in the United States. The $35,000 Chinese-made EX30 EV, which is headed to the United States, is evidence that the company is trying to reorganise its lineup as all of its income will be electric driven by the end of the next 10 years.

Minivans used to make up a sizable portion of the American auto industry, but the market has been stagnant recently. This is due in part to consumers switching to ruggedly styled but less functional SUVs and in part to a lack of innovation in the market.

Most recently, Toyota updated its minivan with a hybrid-only Sienna that seats up to eight people and is rated at 36 mpg, debuting in 2021.

Hybrid 2019 Chrysler Pacifica

In the past, a plug-in minivan was available on the American market. Since 2017, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, which is actually a plug-in hybrid, has delivered 32 miles of pure electric range on demand and 30 mpg while using a hybrid drivetrain. That product touts a 24% reduction in lifetime carbon emissions compared to a non-hybrid minivan, as evidenced by information from the automaker.

Chrysler has stated that it hasn’t given up on the minivan market just yet and that it plans to once more reinvent the minivan in an electric form for its forthcoming lineup.

Pre-orders for the EM90 will begin on November 12, 2023, the day of the vehicle’s unveiling, according to Volvo.