Volvo first fully electric car came off the production line and offers a whole new driving experience. The XC40 Recharge is the first in a series of fully electric Volvos and the start of production is a very important step towards achieving Volvo Cars’ ambition to reduce its carbon footprint per car by 40% by 2025.
By the same year, the company aims for 50% of its worldwide sales to come from fully electric cars and the rest from hybrids. Customer demand for the fully electric XC40 Recharge is high and, although orders remain open, all cars scheduled to be built this year have already been sold. Delivery of the first cars to Europe is scheduled later in October.
As a fully electric version of the best seller XC40 that won the prestigious European Car of the Year title, the Volvo XC40 Recharge is based on the CMA (Compact Modular Architecture) platform, an advanced body structure that evolved in collaboration with the Geely group.
The four-wheel-drive XC40 Recharge offers a range of over 400 km (based on wltp standard) on a single charge, while delivering 408 horsepower. Its battery can be charged at 80% of its capacity in almost 40 minutes using a fast charging system.
The new information and entertainment system running in an Android environment offers customers great customization capabilities, improved intuitive levels, and built-in Google services and technology such as Google Assistant, Google Maps, and the Google Play Store. The fully electric XC40 Recharge can wirelessly accept extensive software and operating system upgrades.
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Based on the excellent safety standards of the original XC40, Volvo Cars safety engineers completely redesigned the front body structure, further reinforcing it to compensate for the absence of a conventional engine and meeting the same high safety standards as any other Volvo, ensuring superior passenger protection.
The battery is protected by a safety cage embedded in the middle of the body structure. Placing it on the floor of the car also contributes to a lower center of gravity, which further improves stability and helps to protect against rollover.
Inside, an innovative design approach in the field of functionality offers drivers plenty of storage space, for example in doors and luggage compartments. As the car does not have a conventional engine, it provides its driver with even more storage space in the compartment under the front bonnet.