Volvo Recharges with First Electric XC40
We have said this several times before: for Volvo Cars, the future is electric.
This is it. The first fully-electric model from Volvo, a company that has been saying for years that it wants to have a million hybrids and electrics on the road by 2025. It’s based on the company’s hot-selling XC40 compact crossover. This is the XC40 Recharge.
“We have said this several times before: for Volvo Cars, the future is electric,” said company CEO Håkan Samuelsson. “Today we take a major new step in that direction with the launch of our fully electric XC40 and the Recharge car line.”
The big figures are these: 320 km of range, 400+ hp, and an 80 percent charge in 40 minutes.
The Recharge’s new battery layout shows a package that sits under the floor. Out of the way and well protected by the body. Motors at the front and rear deliver all-wheel drive along with the 408 hp Volvo quotes. That’s evenly balanced between the two motors. There’s 487 lb-ft along for the ride, and that should be enough for 0-100 km/h in under five seconds.
The pack holds 78 kWh, which Volvo says is good for more than 400 km on the WLTP cycle. Volvo Canada estimates that to end up at about 320 km per charge on the Canadian window sticker. Thanks to the ability to charge at 150 kW, Volvo estimates it can charge to 80 percent of full in as little as 40 minutes.
New to the brand is an Android-powered infotainment system. The new system offers what Volvo calls a more intuitive interface, one that better integrates into its On Call connected services platform and that can receive over the air features and security updates. The rest of the car will be able to receive over the air updates as well.
Styling is mostly the same as the conventional XC40, but with some notable changes. Like a flat panel instead of the grille of the gas-engine car. That means that Volvo has been able to add extra storage. They show the front-trunk holding what looks to be a medium-sized duffle bag.
Log on to Volvo’s website, and you’ll be asked right off the bat if you want a Recharge, the company’s new name for PHEV and EVs. Bringing the cars front and centre instead of hiding them in menus. Volvo will also pay for power for every Recharge PHEV through a rebate. After this car arrives, Volvo says it will launch one new EV every year on the way to a target of 50 percent of all sales being EVs by 2025.