As expected, Volvo has launched its first fully electric vehicle, the Volvo XC40 Recharge. It is the first of the Recharge line-up of battery-powered and hybrid vehicles that the Swedish manufacturer plans to roll out over the next several years. In order to increase the sale of electric vehicles, Volvo is offering free electricity with every Recharge plug-in hybrid model.
Volvo XC40 Recharge under the hood
The vehicle comes with a 402 hp dual motor with all-wheel-drive support. On a single charge, the Volvo XC40 Recharge is expected to cover around 400 km as measured under World harmonized Light-duty vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP).
The 78-kWh battery can be fast charged to 80 percent in 40 minutes. The car can go from 0-100 km/h in just shy of 5 seconds.
Volvo XC40 Recharge design
The front grille is replaced with a panel with the Volvo branding. The panel color matches that of the body to maintain uniformity. The engine space is occupied by a trunk at the front.
Automated driving and safety features
The vehicle comes fitted with Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) – a combination of a set of sensors and a software suite to control them. The system deploys cameras, radar, and ultrasonic sensors to implement automated driving.
There are two major changes with respect to safety. Firstly, the front and rear body structures are reinforced to dispense any collision forces away from human occupants. Secondly, the floor-integrated battery is surrounded by an aluminum-based safety cage to create a protective zone.
Android Automotive OS on Volvo XC40 Recharge
As reported earlier, the Volvo XC40 Recharge features an Android-based infotainment system. Major benefits include access to services like Maps, Assistant and Play Store, over-the-air updates, and a greater level of personalization.
Quoting Chief Executive Håkan Samuelsson,
“We have said this several times before: for Volvo Cars, the future is electric. Today we take a major new step in that direction with the launch of our fully electric XC40 and the Recharge car line.”
Pricing and availability
Details yet to be released by Volvo. We have requested them to share these details with us. Will update this story accordingly.
The high-end variant of the Volvo XC40 Recharge is priced at Swedish Krona 699,000 ($72,000 approx.). Pricing details for other regions, as well as date of sale is yet to be known.
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