In addition to the official presentation of the XC40 EV, the manufacturer announced the launch of the Recharge brand and plans to reduce CO2 emissions.
The fact that Volvo plans to introduce its first electric car in mid-October was reported back in early autumn. And now the "SUV" XC40 EV is officially presented. In the best traditions of the Swedish manufacturer, when creating this model, the main emphasis was on safety. Moreover, it is also the safest car of the company.
The novelty is based on the XC40 gasoline model, with the exception of some elements, the design has remained virtually unchanged. But inside the car is completely redone. Under the cabin is a 78 kWh battery, enclosed in a special rigid frame. One charge should be enough for 300 km. At the same time, the fast charging function is supported - in order to reach the 80%, 40 minutes is enough. For acceleration to 100 km / h, 4.7 s is enough.
The car is equipped with two electric motors at once, one for each axle, to provide all-wheel drive. Power is 408 hp. All parts of the electric transmission are located in such a way that in the event of a collision, the impact force is extinguished as efficiently as possible, saving people in the cabin. Also, to improve safety, the car is literally stuffed with all kinds of sensors - the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) active safety system is involved. In the future, it will become the basis for a self-driving car.
The XC40 EV will be available towards the end of 2020, priced at $48000. But everyone can pre-order right now by paying $1000 on the company's website. There are 8 body colors to choose from.
The company also said its goal is to have half of Volvo cars sold by 2025 be Recharge-branded electric vehicles. These are the most aggressive electrification plans from one of the oldest automakers.
By then, the company plans to cut CO2 emissions by 25% throughout the global supply chain. This refers not to automotive emissions, but to production. The company said it will seek to maximize the use of recycled materials from its suppliers. Thus, all battery cobalt will be recovered from used batteries.