Volvo Enters The Increasingly Competitive All-Electric SUV Segment With Its First All-Electric Model, The XC40 Recharge. Will The Feel Of Familiar Design And Attractive Zero-Emission Range Assist The Chinese Owned Company To Gain Leadership. Only Time Will Tell!
Volvo Cars, the Swedish automotive manufacturer, was one of the first mainstream OEM’s to commit to a push towards zero-emission road transportation. In 2017, the company announced its intention to ‘electrify every car in our range’.
Volvo is not new to ‘electric propulsion’ and has already deployed a test fleet of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) in 2010 and had launched the first plug-in hybrid diesel cars in 2012. The Gothenburg headquartered company is owned by the Chinese automotive behemoth, Geely, that also owns the automotive brands Lotus Cars and Polestar.
Apart from the XC40 Recharge, Volvo has also confirmed it will launch an all-electric version of the XC90.
- The automotive manufacturer aims to achieve up to 20% sales from plug-in hybrids in 2020. Its ambition for 2025 is to achieve 50% sales from pure electric cars and the remaining 50% from hybrids. The company is also committed to becoming ‘climate neutral’ across the value chain by 2040.
- The all-wheel drive XC40 Recharge comes with a 78 kWh lithium-ion battery, with a claimed WLTP range up to 248 miles. The electric vehicle can be charged from 0% to 80% within 40 minutes using fast charging DC/150 kW (60 miles range in 10 minutes). For home charging, the company recommends the use of the Volvo Cars Wallbox (11 kW/32A), which can achieve 80% charge in 5.5 hours.
- The ‘true urban’ zero-emission SUV can achieve 0 to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds, with a top speed of 111 mph.
- The Recharge is an all-electric version of the successful internal combustion engine (ICE) XC40 SUV. The EV is based on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform.
- The electric vehicle will have a brand new infotainment system powered by Google’s Android operating system.
- The all-electric Volvo Recharge will be initially available in the US and select European markets (Sweden, France, Norway & Italy). Order books are now open in these markets. However, the all-electric SUV will not be immediately available in the UK.
- According to Geely, consumer interest and demand has been strong for the EV. Production will commence in the second half of 2020 in Ghent (Belgium) and China. Deliveries expected to commence 2nd half 2020.
- Prices yet to be confirmed for the UK market. We expect it to be just under £50,000.
Battery And Range
- Battery capacity: 78 kWh (launch edition)
- Battery type: lithium-ion
- Range (WLTP): 248 miles
- Capable of rapid charging (up to 150 kW DC fast charging capability)
Power & Performance
- 0-62 mph: 4.9 seconds
- Top speed: 111 mph
- Brake horsepower: 408 bhp
- Torque: 660 Nm
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