The All-Electric Volvo EX90 SUV: The Complete Guide For The UK

Volvo EX90 SUV
Price: £96,255
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 111 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 363 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

Overview


Sweden has created its fair share of global brands, but none with a reputation as good as Volvo Cars, when it comes to passenger safety. Volvo cars is an automotive manufacturer based in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Volvo Group has a long history of success and was established in 1927. Since then the company has had multiple owners, to include the US based, Ford Motor Company. Its current owner is a Chinese automotive behemoth, Geely Automobile, which acquired Volvo Cars in 2010. Geely also owns the automotive brands Lotus Cars and Polestar. 

Volvo Cars 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 automotive manufacturer has an ambition to achieve 50% sales from pure electric cars and the remaining 50% from plug-in hybrid electric cars by 2025. The company is also committed to becoming ‘climate neutral’ across the value chain by 2040. The Volvo electric vehicle (EV) current portfolio includes:



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The All-Electric Volvo EX90 SUV


Volvo continues to push ahead with its vision to become a truly electrified automotive manufacturer with the launch of its third pure electric SUV. For those new to electric driving, pure electric cars are also referred to as battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). BEVs are zero-tailpipe emission electric vehicles (EVs), powered by electric propulsion.

SUVs in general have been gaining popularity over the past few years, as both, families and businesses take advantage of the practicality and style, these body types can offer. However, with the introduction of electric SUVs, the popularity has increased further, due to the improved environmental credentials of electric driving.

Though the recent 48 months has witnessed an increased availability of pure and plug-in hybrid electric SUVs, seven-seater pure electric SUVs are still limited. Therefore, the Volvo EX90 7-seater electric SUV is well positioned for success, given the enviable reputation of Volvo Cars, in relation to safety and reliability.

The all-electric EX90 EV has much to offer those keen to migrate to electric driving. Firstly, the e-SUV offers a practical and useful pure electric range. Volvo claims a range up to 363 miles (WLTP) on a full charge, which is quite similar to the range of the all-electric Mercedes EQS SUV (365 miles). Even adjusting for real-world driving conditions, the EX90 should be able to deliver over 300 miles on a full charge.

The Volvo EX90 has a 111 kWh onboard EV battery (107 kWh Usable), and is available in only one EV battery size. Like most electric vehicles, the EV battery is placed below the floor, to lower the centre of gravity and to increase the interior cabin space. The EV is capable up to 250 kW DC ultra-rapid charging and can achieve 10% to 80% charge in 30 minutes.

Put another way, the EV can add 111 miles of electric range in 10 minutes. Of course, the key is to find an ultra-rapid public charging station en route. For the more widespread 50 kW DC rapid chargers, the EV can be charged up to 80% in 97 minutes.

The EV does incorporate a three-phase 11 kW AC onboard charger as standard (0%-100%: 11 hours). Given that most homes in the UK are powered by single-phase power supply, most of us will not be able to take advantage of the three-phase onboard charger. Single-phase EV charging (7.4 kW) will take longer!

The Volvo EX90 also offers Bi-directional charging and vehicle-to-grid (V2G). We can expect Bi-directional charging to become more commonplace, as EVs develop to the next generation. Bidirectional charging allows the electric vehicle to be used to power the home (vehicle-to-home: V2H) or even to sell energy to the grid. It can also be used to power other devices (vehicle-to-load: V2L) or even charge another electric car (vehicle-to-vehicle: V2V).

The all-electric Volvo SUV is perfect for families already familiar with the advantages of owning and driving a Volvo car i.e. a fantastic reputation for safety and quality. However, the manufacturer has further enhanced its reputation for safety in the EX90.

The EV has fitted on its roof one of the most advanced sensor sets, a cutting-edge roof-mounted LiDAR sensor, which comprises: five radars, eight cameras, two interior cameras and 16 ultrasonic sensors. This is part of the company’s vision of Zero Collision in new Volvo Cars. The LiDAR system maps out via in-house developed software a highly accurate image of the EVs surrounding environment, therefore, enhancing the vehicle safety.

The Volvo EX90 is available in two powertrain variants. The all-wheel drive Twin Motor and the all-wheel drive Twin Motor Performance. The Twin Motor can achieve 0-62 mph in 5.7 seconds (maximum power: 408 HP/ torque: 770 Nm). The higher performance variant, the Twin Motor Performance, can achieve 0-62 mph in 4.7 seconds (maximum power: 517 HP/ torque: 910 Nm). The top speed for the EV is 112 mph. Of course, the electric car also benefits from instant torque and also offers one-pedal driving. The EV has a towing capacity up to 2,200 kg.

Volvo has kept the exterior styling close to its core ‘minimalism’ design philosophy. According to the manufacturer, the EX90 exterior design improves the aerodynamic efficiency of the vehicle. The EV has a 0.29 Cd Drag coefficient. The seven-seater e-SUV is practical. The rear seats (including the third row) are comfortable for adults, with ample legroom and headroom. The EV offers a 365 L boot space behind the third row and up to 655 L behind the second row. The EV also offers a frunk (front storage compartment).

Volvo has incorporated a 14.5 inch centre infotainment screen, with Google built in. Google apps and services like, Google Assistant, Google Maps etc, are included. The EX90 is also compatible with wireless Apple CarPlay. Phone key technology is also standard, with your smartphone being enabled to function as a ‘car key’. The company has been keen to further enhance its approach to sustainable materials for production of the EV. This includes 15% recycled steel, 25% recycled aluminium, 48 kilograms of recycled plastics and more!

Company-car drivers can take advantage of the lower Benefit-in-Kind (BiK-2%) tax charge for pure electric cars. You can lease Volvo electric cars via e-zoomed at fantastic prices. Simply follow this link!


PROS CONS
Class-leading pure electric range. Practical (7-seater)Only available in one EV battery size
250 kW DC rapid charging and three-phase onboard charger as standard Expensive
Filled with latest technology: LiDAR, V2L, V2G, V2VMinimalist exterior styling may not appeal to everyone

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The All-Electric Volvo EX90 SUV (credit: Volvo)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (2 Options)
Volvo EX90 Ultra: Twin Motor (from £96,255)
Volvo EX90 Ultra: Twin Motor Performance (from £100,555)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 111 kWh
Charging:250 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger: 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 11 hrs)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 16.7 kWh £2.40
Battery net capacity : 30.0 kWh£4.32
Battery net capacity : 39.2 kWh£5.64
Battery net capacity : 45.0 kWh£6.48
Battery net capacity : 50.0 kWh£7.20
Battery net capacity : 64.0 kWh£9.22
Battery net capacity : 71.0 kWh£10.22
Battery net capacity : 77.0 kWh£11.09
Battery net capacity : 90.0 kWh£12.96
Battery net capacity : 100.0 kWh£14.40
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions
Height (mm):1747
Width (mm):1964
Length (mm):5037
Wheelbase (mm):2985
Turning Circle (m):11.8
Boot Space (L):365

Volvo EX90 Twin Motor
EV Battery Capacity:111 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):363 miles
Electric Energy Consumption
(kWh/62mi):
N/A
Charging: 250 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger: 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 11 hrs)
Top Speed:112 mph
0-62 mph:5.7 seconds
Drive: All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):300
Horsepower (hp):408
Torque (Nm): 770
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:7
Doors:5
Weight (kg):2,818
Colours:7
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

Volvo EX90 Twin Motor Performance
EV Battery Capacity:111 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):363 miles
Electric Energy Consumption
(kWh/62mi):
N/A
Charging: 250 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger: 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 11 hrs)
Top Speed:112 mph
0-62 mph:4.7 seconds
Drive: All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):380
Horsepower (hp):517
Torque (Nm): 910
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:7
Doors:5
Weight (kg):2,818
Colours:7
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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